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As Crude Oil Hits Highest Price in Nearly 3 Years, Virginia Sees Little Change

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. (June 14, 2021) – Pump prices in Virginia continue to be steady as crude oil prices climb. Today’s price for unleaded gas is $2.88, the same cost as last week and a month ago. At $70/bbl, crude oil has increased to its highest price since October 2018 and is now $23/bbl more expensive than it was this past January. Crude prices have steadily climbed this year along with optimism for the COVID-19 vaccine and the promising impact it will have for global gasoline demand.

“Motorists are paying, on average, 37% more to fill up than the start of the year,” said Holly Dalby, spokesperson for AAA Tidewater Virginia. “If crude production increases, as forecasted, there is the possibility of seeing some relief at the pump later this summer.”

Market analyst are keeping a close eye on global supply and demand levels. They are especially eager to see if the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and its allies including Russia, follow through with production increases next month. This move could help put downward pressure on crude prices and, in turn, push gas prices less expensive. However, motorists likely would not see any impact at the pump until mid-to-late July.

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At the close of Friday’s formal trading session, WTI increased by 62 cents to settle at $70.91. After crude prices crossed the $70/bbl threshold last week, a point they had not seen since mid-October 2018, they continued to increase due to optimism that vaccine rollout will continue to help crude demand recover and after the U.S. Consumer Price Index showed that prices increased by 5% in May, compared to last year, a larger increase than expected. The new report is fanning market concerns that inflation is driving prices higher. Additionally, crude prices were bolstered by EIA’s latest report revealing that total domestic crude supplies decreased by 5.2 million bbl to 474 million bbl last week. For this week, crude prices could continue to rise if EIA’s report shows another inventory decline.

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