Pittsburgh-area gas prices remain high as state, national averages come down

Gas prices are falling across the state and nation, but are hanging high in southwestern Pennsylvania.

According to the AAA, Tuesday’s national average gas price was $4.80, down 8 cents from a week ago. Pennsylvania’s average is about $4.88, down about 7 cents from a week ago.

But average prices remain above $4.90 in southwestern Pennsylvania, ranging from $4.92 in Indiana County to $4.98 in Greene County, AAA reported.

The average prices in other countries according to the AAA:

• Armstrong: $4.95

• Allegheny: $4.94

• Beaver: $4.95

• Butler: $4.94

• Washington: $4.95

• Westmoreland: $4.95

Price-tracking service GasBuddy reported the Pittsburgh-area average at $4.93 on Tuesday. That’s 7.2 cents a gallon up from a month ago and $1.71 up from a year ago.

According to GasBuddy, prices in the Pittsburgh area range from $4.59 to $5.29, a difference of 70 cents per gallon. Statewide, prices range from $4.41 to $5.79, a difference of $1.38 per gallon.

Average gas prices have fallen for three straight weeks, said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.

“While we could see a price drop this week, the drop could soon ease if oil prices reverse, especially with strong demand over the holiday period,” he said. “Currently, Americans are spending almost $100 million a day less on gas than they were a few weeks ago when prices were peaking, and that’s a much-needed relief at a time when gas prices are near record levels.”

When asked why average rates remain high in Southwest Pennsylvania, De Haan said some stations are falling faster than others, causing some areas to decline faster.

“My expectation is that prices will eventually fall by a similar amount in most areas, but some areas may fall faster than others,” he said.

Pennsylvania recorded its highest average gas price on June 12 at $5.07.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Contributor to the Tribune-Review. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, brittmeyer@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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