Gas prices continue rise; up 21 cents in 3 weeks at Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 February 2022 at 7:56 am

Gas prices continue to climb and are getting near $4 for a gallon of regular unleaded gas.

AAA reports the average price per gallon in New York State is at $3.75, up 7 cents in the past week. A year ago, the price was $2.69.

The national price is at an average $3.53, up 4 cents in the past 7 days.

The average price in Orleans County is at $3.757 a gallon, which is up 14.5 cents from the $3.612 on Feb. 7, and up 21.1 cents three weeks ago from the $3.546 on Jan. 31.

Rising crude prices are pushing the price of gas up, AAA said.

“Oil prices remain over $90 per barrel this morning,” AAA said in a news release. “Tension between Russia and Ukraine continues to be a factor in rising oil prices. Russia is a member of OPEC+, and any sanctions based on their actions toward Ukraine may cause it to withhold crude oil from the global market.”

In Western New York, the price is highest in Orleans County at $3.757 a gallon. The average price per gallon in other WNY counties includes: Niagara, $3.655; Genesee, $3.675; Wyoming, $3.756; Erie, $3.715; Chautauqua, $3.659; Cattaraugus, $3.642; Allegany, $3.659; Livingston, $3.735; and Monroe, $3.737.