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While national gas prices decline, Oregonians have to pay more at the gas stations, data shows

Oregon – Oregon witnessed the largest increase in gas prices across the United States, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). The state’s drivers are now paying an average of $3.78 per gallon, a significant leap of 18 cents in just a week. This surge contrasts starkly with the national average, which saw a slight decrease of half a cent, bringing it to $3.27 per gallon.

Several factors drive gas prices in Oregon up

The AAA attributes this sudden rise in prices to a combination of factors affecting the West Coast, particularly Oregon. The region has been hit by atmospheric rivers in California, leading to disruptions. Additionally, refinery maintenance and the transition to summer-blend fuel in Northern California are further pushing prices upward. These elements combined have created a perfect storm, causing a spike in gas prices that Oregonians are feeling at the pump.

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In a more detailed look at local prices, the AAA news release highlighted that Medford/Ashland is experiencing slightly higher prices than the state average, at $3.80 a gallon. However, nearly all counties in Oregon, with the exception of Curry County—which stands at $4.13 a gallon—have managed to keep their averages below the $4 mark. This situation places Oregon among 24 states that have seen an increase in gas prices over the past week.

A comprehensive breakdown of gas prices across different locations in Oregon reveals the extent of the increase. For instance, Portland’s average gas price now stands at $3.889, up from $3.732 a week ago. Salem, Albany, Eugene/Springfield, and other cities have also seen their gas prices rise, with variations ranging from 18 to over 20 cents per gallon.

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This abrupt increase has sparked concerns among Oregonians, especially as it contrasts with the national trend of slightly falling gas prices. The factors cited by the AAA, including weather-related disruptions and refinery maintenance, are beyond the immediate control of consumers. However, the impact is immediate and palpable for anyone filling up their tank.

“Wholesale prices have shot up on the West Coast due to the temporary crimp in supplies. These increases are being passed on to consumers. We can expect volatile pump prices for the next few weeks,” Marie Dodds, the public affairs director for AAA Oregon/Idaho, said in the release.

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“The West Coast often sees prices rise earlier than other parts of the country, since California switches to summer-blend fuel earlier than other areas.”

Lavinia Beaumont


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