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    Gas prices in the Harrisburg region increase almost 10 cents in one week as demand surges


    October 11, 2021 - Deb Kiner, pennlive.com

     

      Drivers in the Harrisburg area are paying almost a dime more for a gallon of gas than they were last week.

      According to GasBuddy.com, the average price of gas has gone up 9.5 cents to $3.42 a gallon today. GasBuddy attributes the increase to “a surge in demand.”

      That price is 16.9 cents higher than just a month ago and 93.8 cents higher than a year ago.

      The national average price today, according to GasBuddy, is $3.25 a gallon. AAA Gas Prices has it at $3.27 a gallon. The national average is more than $1 higher than a year ago.

      Last week, AAA said the national average price for a gallon of gas was at its highest since October 2014.

      On this day last year, the average price in the Harrisburg area was $2.48 a gallon.

      “Last week saw oil prices advance to their highest in seven years, with a barrel of West Texas Intermediate crude oil surpassing the critical $80 per barrel level. The nation’s gas prices were also pushed to their highest since 2014, all on OPEC’s decision not to raise production more than it already agreed to in July,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.

      “The OPEC decision caused an immediate reaction in oil prices, and amidst what is turning into a global energy crunch, motorists are now spending over $400 million more on gasoline every single day than they were just a year ago.

      The problems continue to relate to a surge in demand as the global economy recovers, combined with deep cuts to production from early in the pandemic. If Americans can’t slow their appetite for fuels, we’ve got no place for prices to go but up.”

      The lowest price in the Harrisburg area today, according to GasBuddy, is $3.19 a gallon at Sam’s Club in Swatara Twp., Costco in Lower Paxton Twp. and the Gulf station at 489 Eisenhower Blvd.

      ©2021 Advance Local Media LLC. Visit pennlive.com. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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