Gas prices continue rise, up 7 cents in past week
Gas prices went up 7 cents in the past week to an average price of $3.35 per gallon in New York State. That is up from $2.26 a gallon a year ago, according to AAA Western and Central New York.
In Orleans County, gas costs more than most counties in Western New York. The average price per gallon in Orleans is $3.375. That is topped only by Livingston at $3.384 and Chautauqua, $3.393, for WNY.
Gas is cheaper in other nearby counties: Genesee, $3.328; Monroe, $3.335; and Niagara, $3.298, according to AAA.
“Gasoline demand, the need for more oil production, and the price of crude oil all contribute to the fluctuating gas prices,” AAA said about the price increase. “OPEC+, which comprises the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, and allied countries, chose not to move forward with an agreement to produce more crude oil in November. These factors combined led to an increase in gas prices locally and nationally. High crude prices (touching $78 per barrel) are keeping pump prices elevated.”