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The Week

Nearly three weeks after attacks on major Saudi Arabian oil facilities and subsequent gas price spikes, local pump prices are showing signs of “falling” into seasonal declines. While prices in the District of Columbia are stable week-over-week, prices in the metro area are down by three cents on the week. A weekly crude oil decrease of $3.10 this week and an increase in crude oil supplies are helping to keep prices down. The national average increased a penny on the week, possibly caused by sharp increases in prices along the West coast.


Today’s national gas price average is $2.66, up a penny in the last week, up nine cents in the last month and down 25 cents from this time last year.



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At the close of NYMEX trading Thursday, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil settled at $52.81 per barrel, $3.10 lower than last Friday’s close. Crude prices dropped throughout the week, intensified by the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) weekly report showing a build in oil supplies. Other factors, including concerns about global oversupply and lower demand, also kept prices lower. Next week’s planned meeting of U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators will be watched closely to see if the economic forecast improves, potentially giving oil prices a boost.


The Weekend

“In aftermath of the drone strikes on two major Saudi oil installations, we are seeing things more clearly now at the self-serve gas kiosk. Drivers in the District of Columbia and metro area are seeing signs of gas prices dropping,” says John B. Townsend II, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Lower crude oil prices and a slight increase in gasoline supply along the East coast have helped moved gas prices downward.”


The Week Ahead

As crude oil prices drop to levels seen prior to the Saudi Arabian oil facility attacks, motorists can expect to see gas prices follow suit. Local pump prices are likely to continue a downward trend, which is in line with seasonal expectations due to reduced demand and the (now complete) switchover to the less expensive winter blend gasoline.

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, October 11, 2019


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On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, AAA and TEDx Wilmington held the first TEDx Salon dedicated to ideas worth spreading in transportation.

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