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Gas Prices Drop as Motorists Gear Up for Thanksgiving Travel

Motorists preparing to travel for Thanksgiving have something to be thankful for: falling gas prices. According to GasBuddy, prices in 44 of the 50 U.S. states are lower than a week ago, coming just in time for when millions of Americans will be hitting the road.GasBuddy projects the national average gas price this Thanksgiving will be the third lowest in over a decade at $2.11 per gallon. Average prices have only been lower for Thanksgiving in 2015 ($2.05) and 2008 ($1.81). Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.14, some 65 cents less than the average price on Thanksgiving merely two years ago ($2.79)....

Rising U.S.oil rig count sets a record

Shale oil rig (courtesy of Day Donalson)Its not a passing fad or anomoly.This week, Baker Hughes Inc., a significant supplier of oilfield services and equipment revealed that for the week of November 18, the U.S. drilling rig count rose twenty units to 588. That increase alone is the biggest rise since April 2014 - long before oil's engineered collapse by OPEC's leader, Saudia Arabia later in November of that same year.While the increase is the biggest in that time, it follows a slow but steady weekly increase which started last June. Since then 184 units have restarted, despite oil remaining below the $50 a barrel threshold....

Is It Time to Change Your Cabin Air Filter?

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 Takeout food. Pet odors. Gym clothes. Lingering, unwanted scents can be trapped by your car’s air cabin filter and recirculating indefinitely—especially if it’s been a long time since the filter was last replaced.

 Before you take your vehicle to the dealer or your local mechanic, take some sound advice from on how to take care of it. Besides, what they save you might equal a tank of gas (or two!).

 Time it right

 When you should replace your filter varies by manufacturer: some say every 12,000 miles, some every 15,000, and some even longer. And how often can depend on how much you drive and where: urban area with poor air quality? Desert climate with a lot of dust? In those areas, you’re looking at needing to replace your filter more often than in a rural area with great air quality.

 Know the signs

 The two main signs you need a new cabin air filter are reduced air flow through your climate control system (think: when you crank up the fan and get more noise than results) and persistent bad odors. But even if you don’t have these problems, you should have your filter checked at least once a year—and luckily, you can do it yourself.

 Get handy

 According to, the majority of filters are located behind the glove box and are easily accessible by freeing the box from its fasteners. Others are located under the dashboard, or are under the hood where fresh air enters the climate control system. Check with your owner’s manual in all situations to make sure you’re accessing the filter safely and correctly.

 Some filters are expensive—weighing in at $50 or more at dealerships—so another way to save money is to buy a replacement filter at a parts store and install it yourself. Advanced Auto Parts, for instance, sells many filters between $14.99 and $24.99. With a little bit of work, you’ll reap a lot of time and savings.


Wolfcamp: The new name of US oil independence

Permian Basin Oil Production (by G O'Graffer)Amidst signs of life with renewed shale production in the Permian Basin of West Texas, geologists this week revealed a timely discovery.While shale oil plays have suffered along with depressed prices for crude, the assessment from the U.S. Geological Survey found thatthe Wolfcamp area within the Permian could be the lasgest ever estimated in the U.S....

California DOT Surveys 14,000 Truckers to Improve Freight Movement

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Earlier this month, Caltrans—California’s Department of Transportation (DOT)—reached out to freight operators asking them to participate in an official survey. Aimed at collecting data on physical and operational characteristics of commercial vehicles in the state, the Caltrans Truck Survey is intended to help improve freight movement in California.

Caltrans hopes to hear from 14,000 drivers, both online and by phone. Approximately 5% of those taking the survey will use on-board global positioning system devices (GPS) in the trucks to collect data on trip distance, speed, duration and fuel usage. The devices will be sent to participants and returned after one week of data collection.  

This data is vital for identifying projects, strategies and initiatives that can improve the flow of trucks across the state. And hopefully, the’ll consider highway safety too—here’s why:

The survey results are expected to yield key insights on the types of trucks operating on California roadways, the types of commodities they’re carrying and their travel patterns. The data will provide critical information for California’s Statewide Freight Forecasting and its Statewide Travel Demand models. These models are used to help Caltrans evaluate plans and projects that are most beneficial to the environment, economy and transportation network, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Their model may also be a good idea of other states to consider—especially after the Colonial Pipeline problems on the east coast in both September and October, which brought attention to the long-distance truckers bringing gasoline to major metro areas. By collecting this important data, California and other states’ transportation officials can determine when volatile fuels like gasoline are being transported, where they’re going and when it’s happening. 


EIA report shows large crude oil build as refiners ramp up output

The Energy Information Administration released its weekly report today on the status of petroleum inventories in the United States.Here are some highlights:CRUDE INVENTORIES:Crude oil inventories increased by 5.3 million barrels (MMbbl) to a total of 490.3 MMbbl. At 490.3 MMbbl, inventories are 35.2 MMbbl above last year (7.7%) and are at the upper limit of the average range for this time of year. Inventories at major delivery point Cushing, OK rose 0.7 MMbbl to a total of 59.2 million barrels.GASOLINE INVENTORIES:Gasoline inventories increased by 0.7 million barrels to a total of 221.7 MMbbl. At 221.7 MMbbl, inventories are up 7.5 MMbbl, 3.5% higher than a year ago and are well above the upper limit of the average range for this time of year.Here's how individual regions and their gasoline inventory fared last week: East Coast (+0.6 MMbbl); Midwest (-0.3 MMbbl); Gulf Coast (-0.4 MMbbl); Rockies (+0.4 MMbbl); and West Coast (+0.4 MMbbl). It is important to note which regions saw increases/decreases as this information likely drives prices up (in the case of falling inventories), or down (in the case of rising inventories).DISTILLATE (diesel, heating oil) INVENTORIES:Distillate inventories increased by 0.3 MMbbl to a total of 148.9 MMbbl. At 148.9 MMbbl, inventories are up 8.6 MMbbl, or 6.1% vs. a year ago....

BP Takes Fueling to the Next Level

Ever pull up to a gas pump only to dread wasting your precious time by filling up your tank? Well, BP has had enough of it, today introducing new pumps at a few sites in New York City and Chicago to spice up the dullness and boredom of filling your tank.The outfit to pumps, dubbed "Miles", is a new "Personality Pump" that uses interactive technology to scare the heck... err... say "hi" to you when you pull up to fill. Seems a little odd, but hey, at least someone's finally noticing me when I get out the car to fill up. So often I'm greeted by a grumbling motorist filling their tank. Don't like interaction or your choice of music? That's fine, Miles won't impede or rudely interrupt....

Is Your Car Road-Ready for Thanksgiving?

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Traveling for your holiday gathering? Whether you’re going down the road or across the country, ensure your vehicle’s up to the task while you still have time.


Gas Prices Buckling, 49 of 50 States See Declines

Gas prices are falling rather quickly in the U.S., with 49 of 50 states seeing prices decline in the last week, according to price-tracker The national average has fallen five cents in the last week to $2.15 per gallon, as prices now stand an average of 2 cents lower than a year ago."As oil prices have crumbled under the realization that supply continues to outpace demand, gasoline prices have fallen in tandem as we approach the holiday season. I'm sure that's music to the ears of millions of motorists," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst at "While all eyes should remain on OPEC's reaction and coming meeting, motorists will likely continue to see the national average falling this week, catching up to the fall in oil prices, which now have taken oil to the lowest level since March."The only state not seeing a decline was Hawaii, where gas prices rose an average of 0.8 cents per gallon. Leading decliners was Indiana (15 cents), Ohio (12 cents), Michigan (12 cents), Illinois (9 cents) and Kentucky (9 cents). The Midwest region saw the nation's largest declines as gas prices there react quickly to market changes in both directions....

A month of uncertainty ahead for oil

Image by Sergio RussoThe historic election in the U.S. which saw not only the election of Donald Trump as President, but a Republican dominated Congress, sets the stage for an uncertain month as OPEC members and Russia move towards a crucial meeting a month's end.There's little doubt that should no limit in production be the outcome of the much anticipated gathering, oil will continue to founder and with it, the finances of many producing nations....

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