National average gas price falls for 12th week; Campbell County average rises 3 cents

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GILLETTE, Wyo. — The nation’s average gas price fell for the 12th consecutive week, down 7.7 cents from a week ago to $3.75 per gallon Tuesday, according to price tracker GasBuddy.

With data from more than 11 million individual price reports, GasBuddy on Tuesday reported that the national average is down 29.5 cents from a month ago but still 57.6 cents higher than a year ago. The national average for a gallon of diesel fuel fell 2 cents in the last week to $5.02, GasBuddy said.

“The national average has declined for 12 straight weeks, the longest tally since 2018, and it could soon eclipse that mark if we see two more weeks of decline. Though, that may be more challenging given OPEC’s decision yesterday to cut oil production,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.

AAA reported the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline at $3.77 per gallon, 8 cents lower than last week, and placed Wyoming’s average higher at $3.86, down 11 cents this week. In Campbell County, the average gas price rose 3 cents in the last week to $3.31 per gallon, GasBuddy reported.

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In Gillette, the Conoco at 302 W. Lakeway Road offered the cheapest fuel in the county at $3.12 per gallon Tuesday. The next cheapest fuel was offered by the Maverik at 1616 E. Highway 14-16, M.G. Oil Co. at 502 El Camino Road and the Flying J at 1810 S. Douglas Highway at $3.25 per gallon, according to GasBuddy reports.

“For now, price movements will be contingent on where you are, with California seeing some minor increases, while the Great Lakes could see an upward move as BP’s refinery outage has had an impact on supplies. In the Gulf and Rockies, prices may continue to fall, so a very mixed bag for motorists in the week ahead,” DeHaan said. “In addition, there are several disturbances in the Atlantic to keep an eye on, but we do switch back to cheaper winter gasoline in just over a week which should provide some additional relief.”

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Also included in GasBuddy’s report on Tuesday:

OIL PRICES
Oil was trading slightly higher in early Tuesday trade after OPEC’s announcement yesterday that it was cutting oil production by 100,000 barrels per day, surprising the market. While the decline is very small, the significance is important, as OPEC weighs economic factors, China’s continued Covid-zero policy stifling demand and falling consumption in the United States. In early Tuesday trade, a barrel of West Texas Intermediate crude was up 87 cents to $87.74 per barrel, a drop from last Monday’s $93.25 level. Brent crude oil was down $1.73 per barrel to $94.01, a nearly $7 drop from last Monday’s $101 per barrel fetch.

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According to Baker Hughes, last week’s U.S. rig count was down by 5 rigs to 760, and was 263 rigs higher than a year ago. The Canadian rig count was up 7 rigs to 208, and was 56 rigs higher than a year ago.

OIL AND REFINED PRODUCTS
According to the Energy Information Administration, U.S. oil inventories fell 3.3 million barrels last week, 7 million barrels below a year ago and about 6% below the five year average for this time of year. The SPR fell 3.1 million barrels and stands nearly 28% below its year ago level. Domestic crude oil production rose 100,000 barrels per day to 12.1 million, some 600,000 barrels higher than a year ago. Gasoline inventories fell 1.2 million barrels, and are down 1.2 million from a year ago, and 7% below the five year average for this time of year. Distillate inventories rose by 100,000 barrels but remain 25 million barrels lower than a year ago and 23% below the five year average. Implied gasoline demand, EIA’s proxy for retail gasoline demand, rose 157,000 barrels per day to 8.59 million barrels, with year-to-date gasoline demand 1.2% below last year. Refinery utilization fell by 1.1 percentage points to 92.7% of capacity.

FUEL DEMAND
According to GasBuddy demand data driven by its Pay with GasBuddy card, U.S. retail gasoline demand saw a gain last week (Sun-Sat), rising 2.5%. Broken down by PADD region, demand rose 1.8% in PADD 1, rose 0.9% in PADD 2, rose 7.2% in PADD 3, rose 4.3% in PADD 4 and rose 2.2% in PADD 5.

GAS PRICE TRENDS
The most common U.S. gas price encountered by motorists stood at $3.49 per gallon, 10 cents lower than last week, followed by $3.59, $3.39, $3.99 and $3.69 rounding out the top five most common prices.
The median U.S. gas price is $3.59 per gallon, down 6 cents from last week and about 16 cents lower than the national average.
The top 10% of stations in the country average $5.13 per gallon, while the bottom 10% average $3.07 per gallon.
The states with the lowest average prices: Texas ($3.22), Arkansas ($3.22) and Mississippi ($3.25).
The states with the highest average prices: Hawaii ($5.21), California ($5.21) and Nevada ($4.81).

Klark Byrd is the Managing Editor for Oil City News, Cap City News and County 17. His award-winning journalism career started here in 2007 in Sidney, Nebraska, and has taken him to North Dakota, Georgia and Texas before landing to Wyoming. Feel free to contact him at editor@oilcity.news.