Gas price burden eases 15 cents


Hey drivers, here’s a bit of good news — gas prices fell 15.3 cents per gallon last week to average $2.41 for regular unleaded across the Greater Cleveland area.

A survey of 831 regional gas outlets by GasBuddy.com shows we’re faring extremely well compared to the national average of $2.73 per gallon.

Oberlin gas prices were at rock bottom Monday with Murphy USA on the corner of routes 58 and U.S. 20 at just $2.35. Nearby Certified and BP on South Main Street each sat at $2.39.

GasBuddy’s figures show regional prices down 40.2 cents per gallon over the past month and 98.7 cents than the same day a year ago.

“All but seven states in the U.S. saw a drop in gasoline prices over the last week, with five states seeing a double digit decline per gallon,” said senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan. “So far this July, West Texas Intermediate crude has managed just three days of increases with those increases averaging out to just 72 cents per barrel.”

Meanwhile, the price of crude oil has dropped nearly $10 per barrel since the start of the month, and in areas of the country where refineries haven’t encountered setbacks, prices have fallen.

The autumn market appears to be shaping up to give this past winter a run for its money in terms of cheap gas prices, DeHaan said.

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