Gas prices dip 9 cents in Orleans in past week

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 March 2023 at 8:48 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: The gas price for regular unleaded at the Crosby’s in Gaines was at $3.39 on Saturday.

The average price for a gallon of gas has dropped about 9 cents in the past week in Orleans County, from $3.46 to $3.37 today, according to AAA.

Nationally Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.41, up 4 cents since last Monday. A year ago, the price was $4.01, AAA reported.

The state-wide average is $3.43, down 2 cents since last Monday. A year ago, the NYS average was $4.21. (The average diesel price is at $4.999 a gallon statewide, compared to $5.053 a week ago, $5.256 a month ago and $4.785 a year ago.)

The average prices in Western NY counties today includes:

  • Orleans, $3.374
  • Genesee, $3.344
  • Wyoming, $3.425
  • Livingston, $3.397
  • Monroe, $3.415
  • Niagara, $3.294
  • Erie, $3.377
  • Chautauqua, $3.539
  • Cattaraugus, $3.215
  • Allegany, $3.521

AAA issued this statement about gas prices: “The national average for a gallon of gas is up this week while prices in New York have fallen slightly. We are seeing an increase in demand and the beginning of the switch to the summer blend of fuel, which is more expensive to refine.  Oil prices have also ticked up, ranging this morning from $79 to $86 per barrel.

“Diesel prices continue to fall. The national average price for a gallon of diesel is $4.38, down 3 cents from a week ago. Here in New York the current average for diesel is $5.00, down 5 cents from last week.

“According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand rose slightly from 8.91 million to 9.11 million b/d last week. Meanwhile, total domestic gasoline stocks decreased by nearly 1 million bbl to 239.2 million bbl last week. If gas demand rises amid falling domestic stocks, New York drivers may also see an end to future pump price drops.”