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Local Gas Prices Fluctuate as Demand Increases and Crude Oil Prices Drop

The Week
Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware drivers have seen some ups and downs at the pump this week. While some areas have dropped a penny or so during the week, Delaware’s gas average dropped 5 cents since last Friday. South Jersey and Philadelphia averages are unchanged. In its latest weekly report, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that gas demand increased last week - a demand reading very robust for peak driving season, but 2% higher than the same time period in 2019. These trends, combined with high crude prices, have helped to increase pump prices. As crude prices remain high, though back below $70 per barrel, AAA expects the national average to remain above $3 per gallon throughout the summer.

Today’s national gas price average is $3.18, up two cents from one week ago, five cents higher than one month ago and $1 more than one year ago. 

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At the close of NYMEX trading Friday, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil settled at $68.28 per barrel, $5.67 lower than last Friday’s close. After dropping below $70, prices increased on Thursday due to tension in the Middle East, which heightened after Israeli military jets struck alleged rocket launch sites in Lebanon. The price increase comes after crude prices declined for three days due to market concerns about the impact of rising global COVID-19 infection rates on crude demand. Crude prices also declined after EIA’s latest report showed that total domestic crude stocks increased last week.

The Weekend
“As crude prices change and gasoline demand increases heading into the end of the summer driving season, the slight break some local drivers are seeing at the pump may be short-lived,” said Jana L. Tidwell, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic.  “The rise in COVID cases worldwide may push crude prices higher, leading to an increase in prices at the pump.”

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

AAA is the most comprehensive resource for gas prices. Unlike the Lundberg Survey of 7,000 gas stations, 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, August 13, 2021

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