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Gas Prices Drop Slightly

It’s still expensive, isn’t it?

The price of a gallon of gas in Schuylkill County is below the state average but slightly above the national average, according to data from AAA and GasBuddy.com.

In the last week, a gallon of gas dropped 5 cents to $3.56 on a nationwide average.

For Schuylkill County motorists, the price for regular unleaded gas right now, based on an average of reported prices at GasBuddy, is $3.62. That’s 12 cents cheaper than the state average.

Prices for gas are highest in areas like Pottsville and Schuylkill Haven, based on numbers reported to GasBuddy. The cheapest gas seems to be in Tamaqua.

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Pennsylvania Gas Prices are 9th Highest in US

The price for gas here in Schuylkill County is among the cheapest in the state. Higher costs – nearly $3.90 per gallon – are located in western Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, the average gallon of regular gas is $3.746. Last week, it was $3.776, only a 3-cent drop week over week.

The price of a gallon of diesel fuel in Pennsylvania right now is $4.36. That price has come down 12 cents in the last month but is just 5 cents cheaper per gallon than it was a year ago.

According to AAA, Pennsylvania has the 9th-highest gas prices in the country. Here’s a table showing the most expensive gas by state:

$/gallon
California5.09
Hawaii4.78
Washington4.53
Oregon4.28
Nevada4.27
Alaska4.24
Illinois3.99
Arizona3.81
Pennsylvania3.75
Idaho3.73
Source: AAA

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Gas prices have remained largely the same ever since that massive spike in price back in 2022. It was about this time that year when gas was at about $5 per gallon. Since then, prices have come back to the $3.50-4 range.

A AAA spokesperson says with the Memorial Day holiday in the past now, gas prices will likely drop more over the summer. However, any potential Atlantic hurricane could drive up prices temporarily.

“A storm impacting the Gulf Coast oil production and refining centers could push prices temporarily higher, so stay tuned,” AAA’s Andrew Gross says.

Strategic Petroleum Reserve Tapped to Lower Gas Prices

While AAA says demand is lower after the Memorial Day holiday, the reason gas prices are coming down may be rooted elsewhere.

President Joe Biden recently announced that he’s selling a million barrels of gasoline from the Northeast Gasoline Supply Reserve specifically to reduce prices at the pump ahead of the Fourth of July.

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That move is being widely criticized by Republicans, according to a Washington Examiner report, who say he’s doing this to gain political points ahead of the November election.

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