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Ragina C. Ali
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The Week

Local gas prices have been on a bit of a merry-go-round ride since the start of 2020. Low demand for gasoline, an increase in crude oil supply and tumbling crude prices have the potential to push gas prices lower. Drivers could continue to experience volatility in the coming days and weeks due to further oil market effects from refinery maintenance season, the mid-March switch to summer-blend gasoline and the coronavirus.


The gas price average in Maryland today is $2.42, which is respectively up four cents in the last week, one cent in the last month, and seven cents from this date last year.


Today’s national gas price average is $2.45, down respectively one cent in the last week and five cents in the last month, but up four cents from this time last year.


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At the close of NYMEX trading Friday, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil settled at $44.76 per barrel, a whopping $8.62 lower than last Friday’s close. Crude oil prices were on the rise until the start of this week but have since dropped by 13% (since Monday’s close of $51.43). The market continues to feel the effects of the spread of the coronavirus and how that could slow oil and gas consumption. Overall, oil has dropped almost 27% since the start of 2020. China is the epicenter of the virus outbreak and is the largest purchaser of oil in the world. As the Chinese economy takes a hit, so does their need for oil. With oil demand pushing lower, crude prices are following.


The Weekend

“Local gas prices have been on a bit of a merry-go-round ride since the start of 2020,” says Ragina C. Ali, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Pump prices in the week ahead could see further volatility depending on movement of the oil market as well as U.S. gasoline demand and stock level numbers.”


The Week Ahead

The effects of a huge fire at a Carson, California oil refinery late Tuesday night are being watched for the potential to increase gas prices on the West Coast. Depending on the extent of the damage and the amount of time it will take for the refinery to get back up and running will come into play at the pump, particularly in California. The price jump could be stifled a bit because of the lower crude prices currently seen in the market and the low demand for gasoline at this time of year.


AAA has a variety of resources to help motorists save on fuel:


AAA is the most comprehensive resource for gas prices. AAA reports reflect actual prices from credit card transactions at more than 100,000 gas stations in the U.S.


Next Weekend Gas Watch: Friday, March 6, 2020

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