Gas prices up another 5 cents in past week in NY

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 February 2022 at 9:21 am

Average price per gallon at $3.80 in Orleans County, highest in WNY

Gas prices continue to rise, up another 5 cents the past week in New York State to $3.80 a gallon and up 8 cents around the country to an average price of $3.61, according to AAA.

A year ago the average price in New York was $2.78 a gallon and $2.72 for the country.

“Demand for gasoline increased last week as many families traveled for February break,” AAA said. “An increase in gas demand, alongside a reduction in total supply, is contributing to price increases, but increasing oil prices continue to play a leading role in pushing prices higher. Pump prices will likely continue to rise as crude prices continue to climb.”

The crude prices also surged after Russia launched its military invasion of Ukraine, AAA said.

“As the conflict escalates with more sanctions and retaliatory actions, the oil markets will likely respond by continuing to increase the price of crude oil to reflect more risk of disruption to tight global oil supplies,” AAA said.

In Western New York, the price is highest in Orleans County at $3.801 a gallon. The average price per gallon in other WNY counties includes: Niagara, $3.704; Genesee, $3.750; Wyoming, $3.776; Erie, $3.758; Chautauqua, $3.718; Cattaraugus, $3.670; Allegany, $3.722; Livingston, $3.792; and Monroe, $3.779.

Gas costs more at some counties near Orleans. At Wayne, the average price per gallon is $3.820 and in Ontario is $3.814. In northern New York the price is even higher. Hamilton is at $3.947 a gallon and St. Lawrence is $3.937.