Pacific Northwest gas prices jump

A gas station attendant pumps gas in Portland, March 23, 2012 (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
A gas station attendant pumps gas in Portland, March 23, 2012 (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A refinery shut-down in California has sent prices up by more than a quarter in just a week.

As such, gas prices are getting close to the $4 mark in Oregon and Washington states.

And that makes the price of a gallon of regular gas in both states significantly higher than the national average.

“Bottom line, I guess I just have to make more money,” Portlander Ty Hankins said at the pump Monday.

The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Oregon is $3.92. That’s up 26 cents in a week, and it’s 34 cents higher than the national average.

Metro prices from AAA’s Monday survey include: Portland $3.91, Salem $3.92, Eugene-Springfield $3.96, and Medford-Ashland $3.94.

Many drivers are starting to shop around for cheaper gas. A gallon can be more than $4 in downtown Portland while it’s as low as $3.58 at the Wilsonville Cosco.

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