Gas Prices In Pittsburgh Highest In Three Years

The local average is near $3 a gallon

Joe DeStio
April 24, 2018 - 1:39 pm
Gas Pump

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – Gas prices have surged over the past week to prices the Pittsburgh area hasn’t seen since the summer of 2015.

Rising world oil prices are behind the price at the pump in the Pittsburgh area near or over $3 a gallon. AAA says the average price locally is $2.97 a gallon

Wholesaler Don Bowers at Countywide Petroleum in Ross Township says OPEC production cutbacks and seasonal demand increases are responsible and it isn’t the local suppliers.

“For the general public that’s hard to believe. They think that the retailers are just gouging them and we’re not,” said Bowers.

Bowers adds U.S. demand because of the economy and the recent poor weather is also to blame.

Prices at the pump, according to GasBuddy.com, range from a low of 2-62 a gallon at a Speedway in Oakmont to 3-09 at a Sheetz in North Strabane]

The international crude benchmark hit a four year high Tuesday morning AAA says 13% of all stations in America are at $3 a gallon or more.