MEDFORD, Ore. — Filling up before weekend travel will cost you a little more this Friday. If you filled up in Medford, you might have noticed an increase in gas prices anywhere from 8 to 20 cents per gallon.
AAA Oregon officials said prices are up because of the marketplace, an increase in crude oil prices, and the switch to more expensive summer blend of gasoline. In Medford, the average is $3.52. Right now, the highest hitting $3.59 per gallon at several stations. Local drivers are feeling the impacts of the increase.
“I live month to month, and so to fill up my gas tank is a feat in itself, and you have to pick when to go, where to go, and it just really sucks,” said Medford resident Charles Derr.
AAA officials say another reason for the spike is because of west coast refinery maintenance. No word yet on when the refinery maintenance will be finished.