Gas prices inch up with demand

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The slow reopening of the economy is pushing demand and prices for gas.

The average price of a gallon of gas across Northern West Virginia is eight cents higher this week at $2.255 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states reported increases ranging from 4 to 9 cents. West Virginia up 9 cents, North Carolina up 8 cents and Pennsylvania up 7 cents had the biggest increases in the region on this week’s top 10 largest weekly increases list. All other states saw prices fluctuate between four and eight cents, except for New York up 2 cents.

Most states in the region saw smaller increases at the pump likely due to the large increase in gasoline stockpiles, which added 1.3 million barrels, according to Energy Information Administration data.

This week’s average prices: Northern WV Average $2.255
Average price during the week of June 22, 2020 $2.172
Average price during the week of July 1, 2019 $2.632

The following is a list of the average prices in several West Virginia locations:

$2.299 Bridgeport
$2.273 Clarksburg
$2.259 Huntington
$2.293 Martinsburg
$2.298 Morgantown
$2.236 Parkersburg
$2.221 Weirton
$2.163 Wheeling