Gas prices down another 6 cents this week statewide but only 2 cents in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 August 2022 at 8:54 am

Gas prices dropped 15 cents nationally and 6 cents state-wide in the past week, according to AAA.

The national price is $4.21, while the statewide average is $4.52. In Orleans County, AAA reports the average price is Orleans, $4.778, which is down 2 cents in the past week.

In the past four weeks, the price has dropped 37 cents from $4.885 to $4.516 in New York State. In Orleans County, the price is down 21 cents in four weeks, from $4.987 on July 5 to $4.778 today, according to data from AAA.

The average price in the state is at $4.516 today in the state. It was $4.579 a week ago, $4.921 a month ago and $3.213 a year ago. Diesel is at $5.713 today in New York State. It was $5.803 a week ago, $6.193 a month ago and $3.349 a year ago.

In Orleans, the average price is at $4.778 a gallon for regular unleaded. That’s the highest in Western New York

Only Delaware County at $4.783 and Lewis County at $4.784 are higher in the state, according to AAA.

The average prices in WNY counties include:

  • Orleans, $4.778
  • Niagara, $4.421
  • Erie, $4.534
  • Genesee, $4.487
  • Wyoming, $4.607
  • Livingston, $4.561
  • Monroe, $4.600
  • Chautauqua, $4.443
  • Cattaraugus, $4.492
  • Allegany, $4.600

AAA issued the following statement about forecasting gas prices:

“According to the latest data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand increased in recent weeks while inventory levels dropped, which could pressure pump prices and slow price decreases if the trend holds. Yet for now, prices continue to drop.

“Crude prices continue to fluctuate and impact pump prices. This morning, oil is priced at $98 to $104 per barrel. If oil prices increase, gas prices will likely follow as oil accounts for half of each gallon of gasoline produced.”