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Christine Delise
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The Week

Gas prices nationwide and in Maryland, on average, continue to decline although not as dramatically as in weeks prior and not in all regions. Despite the downward slide, prices have yet to drop to pre-Hurricane Harvey levels.

 

Today’s national average is $2.46 per gallon, which is two cents lower than this time last week, 15 cents lower than this time last month and 23 cents higher than this time last year.  While gas prices are more expensive than a year ago, the past five weeks of sustained weekly declines indicate that demand may be leveling out alongside refineries and pipelines returning to pre-hurricane operations.

 

Maryland’s average cost at the pump is pricing at eight cents per gallon less than the national average at $2.38 per gallon. The state’s average reflects a decrease of four cents from a week ago, a 24 cents drop compared to last month, but a 12 cents increase over last year’s price.

 

At the close of NYMEX trading Thursday, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil settled at $51.29 per barrel, 69 cents higher than the previous week’s closing price. Factors contributing to slightly higher crude oil prices include an explosion at an oil rig in Lake Ponchartrain (north of New Orleans) and Iraqi troops engaging with Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, near the nation’s oil fields.

 

 

 

CURRENT AND PAST GAS PRICE AVERAGES 

Regular Unleaded Gasoline

 

 

10/20/17

 

Week Ago

 

Month Ago

 

Year Ago

 

National

 

$2.46

 

$2.48

 

$2.61

 

$2.23

 

Maryland

 

$2.38

 

$2.40

 

$2.62

 

$2.26

 

Baltimore

 

$2.34

 

$2.34

 

$2.59

 

$2.24

 

Cumberland

 

$2.50

 

$2.50

 

$2.65

 

$2.34

 

Hagerstown

 

$2.48

 

$2.54

 

$2.76

 

$2.31

 

Salisbury

 

$2.24

 

$2.21

 

$2.47

 

$2.12

 

Washington Suburbs (MD only)

 

$2.45

 

$2.48

 

$2.67

 

$2.29

 

Crude Oil

 

$51.29

per barrel

(Thursday, 10/19/17)

 

$50.60

per barrel

(Thursday, 10/12/17)

 

$49.48

per barrel

(9/19/17)

 

$51.60

per barrel

(10/19/16)

 

 

 

The Weekend

Gas prices in the Mid-Atlantic region are poised to reach pre-Hurricane Harvey levels in the coming weeks, said Ragina Cooper Averella, Manager of Public and Government Affairs at AAA Mid-Atlantic“Drivers will see stabilized or decreasing prices at the pump throughout this month due to high refinery production rates and low seasonal demand.”

 

The Week Ahead

The International Energy Agency’s October Oil Market Report forecasted that three of the four quarters in 2018 will see the oil market in balance, assuming unchanged OPEC production and normal weather conditions. Based on the report, the global crude market is projected to see an inventory build of 800,000 barrels per day during the first quarter of 2018. Moreover, growth in oil demand is expected to match the increase in production next year from nonmember countries of OPEC, such as the U.S., and could cap oil prices throughout 2018.

 

AAA is the most comprehensive resource for gas prices.  AAA reports reflect actual prices from credit card transactions at more than 100,000 gas stations in the U.S. No other fuel price research tool has such a large, automatically generated database that is especially useful in generating local average prices which are more meaningful for consumers.

 

AAA has a variety of resources to help motorists save on fuel:

 

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TEDx Wilmington Salon

Who's in the Driver's Seat? The Transformation of Transportation

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, AAA and TEDx Wilmington held the first TEDx Salon dedicated to ideas worth spreading in transportation.

This event had:

  • 12 live talks given by 13 speakers
  • 368 people in attendance at the live event
  • More than 7,500 viewed the event online through Livestream, viewing events, and on the AAA Associate network
  • Online viewers came from all 50 states and approximately 30 countries around the world

View a slideshow from the event

This TEDx WilmingtonSalon was organized in partnership with AAA

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