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Oregon gas prices rising faster than anywhere in the country

Gas prices spiked up in Oregon in September 2022, reaching a statewide average of $5.14 per gallon. Prices are higher at this Chevron station on Northeast Martin Luther King Blvd., in Portland, where a gallon of regular was selling for $5.79 on Sept. 27, 2022.
Rob Manning
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Gas prices spiked up in Oregon in September 2022, reaching a statewide average of $5.14 per gallon. Prices are higher at this Chevron station on Northeast Martin Luther King Blvd., in Portland, where a gallon of regular was selling for $5.79 on Sept. 27, 2022.

Fuel prices in Oregon spiked 50 cents per gallon over the last week — the sharpest spike of any state in the country.

If you’ve filled up your car recently, this may not be news to you: The average price of a gallon of gas in Oregon has gone up a lot recently. After 14 consecutive weeks of prices falling at the pump, they spiked over the past week, more sharply in Oregon than in any state in the country according to the American Automobile Association. The AAA analysis found the average gas price at Oregon pumps went up 50 cents per gallon.

The price increases are driven by supply constraints with several West Coast refineries offline for maintenance, according to AAA.

“Multiple refineries in the Los Angeles area and a refinery in Washington State are experiencing either planned or unplanned refinery work which could last several more days. This has put a significant crimp in supplies and sent pump prices soaring in this region. In addition, the Olympic pipeline in Washington is due for maintenance, perhaps as early as this week,” said Marie Dodds, public affairs director for AAA Oregon/Idaho, in a statement.

Oregon’s average fuel price is $5.14 per gallon as of the last week in September. That figure reflects a recent increase, but it’s not as high as it was back in June when gas was averaging $5.55 in the state. However, Oregon is further above the national average for gas prices now, than it was in June. The current national average is $3.74 per gallon — $1.39 below Oregon’s average. In June, AAA found the average gas price across the country was $5.02 — just 53 cents below the average cost of gas in Oregon.

Gasoline in the US is more expensive in the West right now. Oregon drivers pay the third-highest price for gas in the country, behind California and Hawaii. In order, Nevada, Washington, Alaska and Idaho are the states with the next most expensive gas in the country.

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Rob Manning is a news editor at Oregon Public Broadcasting, with oversight of reporters covering education, healthcare and business. Rob became an editor in 2019, following about 15 years covering schools and universities in Oregon and southwest Washington as OPB’s education reporter.