Gas price in Orleans, at average of $3.75, nearly the lowest in WNY

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 September 2022 at 8:39 am

Price drops 24 cents a gallon in Orleans in past week

Photo by Tom Rivers: Regular unleaded was selling for $3.79 a gallon on Friday at the Crosby’s on Route 104 in Gaines.

The average price for regular unleaded has dropped 24 cents in Orleans County the past week. The current price of $3.753 in Orleans is lowest of all counties in Western New York except Niagara at $3.628. (A week ago the price in Orleans was at $3.987, according to AAA.)

Orleans typically is the highest priced in WNY. It’s 10 cents cheaper today than in neighboring Genesee County.

The prices today among the WNY counties, according to AAA, include:

  • Orleans, $3.753
  • Genesee, $3.850
  • Wyoming, $3.879
  • Livingston, $3.866
  • Niagara, $3.628
  • Monroe, $3.758
  • Erie, $3.836
  • Chautauqua, $3.874
  • Cattaraugus, $3.825
  • Allegany, $3.876

The lowest price in the state currently is at Cortland County, $3.346, while the highest price is at Hamilton County, $4.021.

AAA reports that the national price is up 5 cents in the past week to $3.73.

Statewide the average price for regular unleaded is down 10 cents in the past week at $3.678 today compared to $3.780 a week ago, $4.180 a month ago and $3.278 a year ago. The diesel price is at $5.050 today compared $5.128 a week ago, $5.363 a month ago and $3.396 a year ago.

AAA released the following statement about gas prices:

“There is mixed news when it comes to gas prices this week. Regionally, prices continue to drop as demand is down, oil prices remain lowered overall, and cheaper winter blend fuel is being sold.

“In fact, most of the country is now using less expensive winter blend gasoline, which has contributed a decline in pump prices in recent weeks. Only California has yet to make the switch, but that happens on Nov. 1.

“Nationally, gas prices are on the rise once again. After declining for 98 consecutive days, the national average reversed course last week as fluctuating oil prices and tight supply (due to planned and unplanned maintenance work at refineries on the West Coast and Midwest) contribute to rising pump prices. This week, high demand for gasoline down south as Florida braces for a potential hurricane is also contributing to the national increase.

“This morning, oil prices are at $78 to $85 per barrel after some spikes last week. While lower oil prices lead to lower gas prices, the market is concerned over a possible recession, which would likely cause crude demand and prices to decrease.”