PORTLAND, Ore. — Gas prices across the U.S. are soaring with the arrival of spring, according to data compiled by AAA. However, Oregon is one of the priciest places to travel right now.
The national average for regular unleaded is now $2.62 per gallon, according to AAA's findings. In Oregon, the average price for regular unleaded is $3.06—making Oregon one of only five states with an average at or above $3 per gallon.
The Oregon average price per gallon for regular hasn't jumped above $3 per gallon this time of year since 2015. The national average is at its highest point since September of 2017, coinciding with Hurricane Harvey.
“We’re seeing refineries across the country starting to purge winter-blend gasoline to make room for summer-blend, and many refineries go off line for maintenance. This creates a temporary crimp in supplies, one of several factors putting upward pressure on pump prices,” says Marie Dodds, public affairs director for AAA Oregon/Idaho. “AAA projects gas prices could climb another 20 to 40 cents before leveling off in the coming weeks.”
For more information on what forces are affecting gas prices right now, you can visit AAA's website and read their news release on the topic.