After some time in August below the state average, the gas prices in the Meadville area are about 10 cents above the average.
Prices in the area were $2.79 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. On Aug. 26, prices were 12 cents below the state average. The national average price of gasoline has fallen 1 cent per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.55.
According to price reports, the cheapest station in Pennsylvania was priced at $2.19 while the most expensive was $3.05. The cheapest price in the entire country was at $1.84 while the most expensive was $5.09.
"For its eighth straight week, the national average has declined even as oil prices have bucked the trend in the last week, moving higher on optimism over upcoming trade talks between China and the United States," said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "While most of the country saw gas prices continuing to drop, it certainly was not all. The West Coast has gas prices rise gently in recent weeks, but those increases likely won't last. Moving forward, I believe the market will closely watch the October trade talks and any comments made between the countries until then, and gas prices will track with optimism- should there be a positive conciliatory tone between the two, we may see a more organized, but temporary, upward move. If trade talks fall apart, then expect more price declines that will accelerate in the weeks ahead. Markets have been reliably unreliable in recent weeks and it seems that will likely continue as the talks hold significant meaning for oil and gasoline demand."
Prices from around the area:
• Andover, Ohio: Average price is $2.79 per gallon.
• Ashtabula, Ohio: Prices as low as $2.39 per gallon.
• Edinboro: Average price is $2.85 per gallon.
• Erie: Average price is $2.82 per gallon, with prices as low as $2.58 on Peach Street.
• Greenville: Prices as low as $2.68 per gallon.
• Pittsburgh: Average price is $2.77 per gallon.
• Waterford: Prices as low as $2.58 per gallon.