AAA: Gas prices dip slightly in southern Ohio this week


Staff report



The average price of gasoline across South Central Ohio is two cents lower this week at $3.087 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

This week’s average prices: South Central Ohio Average: $3.087

Average price during the week of December 27, 2021 $3.104

Average price during the week of January 4, 2021 $2.130

The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:

$3.281 Athens

$2.869 Chillicothe

$2.890 Columbiana

$3.180 East Liverpool

$3.200 Gallipolis

$2.819 Hillsboro

$3.292 Ironton

$3.186 Jackson

$3.059 Logan

$3.202 Marietta

$3.074 Portsmouth

$3.026 Steubenville

$2.899 Washington Court House

$3.245 Waverly

Gasoline prices barely budged over the past week across the country. Today’s national average of $3.28 is the same as last week, eight cents less than a month ago, and $1.03 more than a year ago.

According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), total domestic gasoline stocks decreased slightly by 1.5 million barrels to 222.7 million barrels last week. Gasoline demand increased from 8.99 million b/d to 9.72 million b/d. Growing demand and tight supply would support more significant increases in pump prices, but fluctuations in the price of crude oil have helped to limit price increases.

At the close of yesterday’s formal trading session, West Texas Intermediate increased by 87 cents to settle at $76.08. Despite demand concerns over the omicron variant of COVID-19, crude prices have increased since the EIA reported that total domestic oil stocks decreased by 3.6 million barrels last week to 420 million barrels.

Meanwhile, the pre-Christmas fire at the Exxon Mobil Corp plant in Baytown, Texas, is causing some reduced gasoline output. Recent reporting, however, indicates the damage was to a non-refining section of the complex. The plant is the nation’s fourth-biggest oil refinery, with the capacity to process 560,500 barrels per day of crude.

Staff report