Gas prices rise in Pittsburgh area




The lull in gas price hikes may have ended last week, as the average gallon of regular cost Pittsburgh drivers 5.7 cents more, according to a price tracking website.

Pittsburgh-area gas prices averaged $2.58 a gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s survey of more than 700 gas stations in the region.

National prices rose the same amount, to reach $2.39 per gallon.

"With all but two states seeing average gasoline prices rise over the last week, the jump at the pump has continued," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com. He said more than half of the states were hit by a price increase of more than 5 cents in the last week.

Mr. DeHaan pointed to oil prices, which are up $5 per barrel over the past few weeks, as the main factor in the increase.

“Many areas are also nearing completion of the transition to summer gasoline, and with it comes a complex list of various summer blends of gasoline that cause us to pay more each and every spring,” he said in Monday morning’s announcement. “In addition, with the situation in Syria, there is a rising risk of more heat between some of the world's largest oil producers, causing concern in oil markets which could be a slight contribution to higher prices."

One rare market that saw a dip last week was Akron, Ohio, where prices fell 3.8 cents to $2.29 a gallon.

Pittsburgh drivers are now paying 40.1 cents more than a year ago at this time and 6.2 cents more than a month ago. The national average is up 9.3 cents in the last month and 34.6 cents higher than a year ago.

Five years ago, Pittsburgh-area drivers were paying $3.98 a gallon at this time. Last year, the average was $2.18 a gallon.

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