AAA Oregon/Idaho says that in spite of all the political instability in oil producing countries, gas prices are holding steady. The nationwide average for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline is $3.47 a gallon, and $3.90 in Oregon,which is actually down a fraction from last week. Compared to this time last year, gas is higher; in Oregon, the average was $3.79 in 2013. Oregon has the fourth highest gas prices in the country. Hawaii has the highest at $4.32- followed by Alaska, California and then Oregon.
AAA Oregon/Idaho spokesperson Marie Dodds says "The main reason that the Pacific prices have been higher is that this region is somewhat geographically isolated in terms of being supplied by refineries that have access to cheaper crude products that are available in the central U.S. Tight supplies on the West Coast for much of the spring and summer sent prices higher. Assuming there aren’t additional unexpected refinery or distribution issues in the region, prices here should start to decrease in the coming weeks."