Gas prices keep ticking upward in Pittsburgh region


Rose 8.8 cents per gallon in past week

Power Source

Consumers might prefer that someone put the brakes on the gas price hikes that have been hitting Western Pennsylvania and the rest of the country.

Gas rose 8.8 cents per gallon in the past week in the Pittsburgh area, leaving the average price for a gallon of regular at $2.49 per gallon, according to online gas tracking site GasBuddy.

Nationally, prices were up 12 cents in the past week to hit an average of $2.42 cents per gallon, the website reported this morning.

In the Pittsburgh area, the gas site surveys 731 gas stations daily.

Overall, prices in this region are still down from a year ago by 114.7 cents.

But they’re 22.6 cents higher than a month ago.

“The spring spike has hit pumps across the nation, and it certainly has motorists wondering what in the heck is going on,” said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst, said in the official announcement.

He said every state in the country saw prices at the pump go up last week.

Mr. DeHaan noted that In the last two weeks, a rash of refinery problems has pushed up wholesale prices significantly: an explosion at a California refinery, unexpected cold-related shutdowns along the East Coast and Great Lakes, and maintenance that’s beginning at other refineries across the country.

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