West Virginians could catch a break and begin seeing a drop in gas prices over the next week.
Then again, they might not, thanks to Ben Bernanke.
I came in to work Wednesday ready to write a column about the latest good news on the gasoline front when late news turned that premise on its head.
First the good news: The week started with the expiration of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's cleaner burning summer gasoline requirements.
The switchover to the so-called summer blend has been a leading factor in gas price spikes in the spring. The regional blends vary depending on the part of the country, putting a constraint on the supply line.
On Sept. 15, the summer blend mandate expired, and gas wholesalers could begin shipping the winter blend, which is less expensive for refiners to make.
GasBuddy.com analyst Patrick DeHaan noted Monday on the website's blog there were reports of wholesale price drops 5 to 16 cents, depending on the part of the country.
The wholesale trend, combined with less fuel demand following the summer driving season, was expected to continue to drive prices lower for the rest of the year.
"By Halloween, the national average easily could be five to fifteen cents per gallon lower, and a few areas will likely flirt with sub-$3 gasoline," DeHaan said.
Another plus was the apparent diplomatic solution brewing over the situation in Syria.
The possibility of a United States air strike in Syria, and the ripple effects that could cause, had pushed crude oil to prices not seen since early 2012. News of a non-military solution began pulling those prices back over the last week.