Local gasoline prices have fallen for the sixth consecutive week, sagging to their lowest point in 2 1/2 months, a new report shows.
And the descent — rare for May and June — is expected to continue.
GasBuddy, a price-tracking website, said Monday that the average price of gasoline in Lancaster County tumbled another 6.5 cents over the last week, dipping to $2.78 a gallon.
“Last week saw a feat most motorists probably thought they'd never see in June — average gasoline prices declined in nearly every state across the country,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.
DeHaan attributed the decline in prices at the pump to “a deep drop in oil prices (due to) worries that tariffs could slow economic growth, reducing oil demand.”
Click here to check out a link of gas prices in Lancaster County. Scroll to the bottom of this story for the cheapest gas prices in the county.
The analyst said it’s likely that motorists will get “more good news at the pump than bad for the foreseeable future” due to growing inventories of gasoline.
Local gasoline prices have been both unusually low and unusually high so far in 2019.
The year began with prices dropping to an 18-month low in early January to $2.38 a gallon.
Prices then began a steady ascent, reaching $3.04 a gallon — a 12-month high — in late April.
Then came the six straight weeks of decline, which shaved a total of 26 cents off the average price here, according to data from GasBuddy’s survey of 147 stations here.
As of Monday afternoon at 3 p.m., these were the locations with the cheapest gas, per gallon of unleaded gasoline, in Lancaster County.
$2.61: Costco, 1875 Hempstead Road, Lancaster
$2.61: BJ's, 110 Centerville Road, Lancaster
$2.63: Royal Farms, 260 Rohrerstown Road, Lancaster
$2.63: Speedway, 1704 Columbia Ave., Lancaster, and 1792 Columbia Ave., Columbia
$2.63: Giant, 300 Centerville Road, Lancaster
$2.63: Weis Markets, 820 Stonyville Road, Lancaster
$2.63: Sheetz, 3101 Columbia Ave., Lancaster, and 4010 Columbia Ave, Columbia
$2.63: Turkey Hill, 901 Nissley Road, Lancaster; 23 Centerville Road, Lancaster, and East Main Street, Mountville
$2.63: Rutter's, 2849 Hempland Road, Mountville
$2.63: Sunoco, 2141 Marietta Ave., Lancaster