Feb 23,2007 00:00
As forecast last week, fuel prices in the western states have joined the upward movement. In the past week the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline rose by three and a half cents to $2.26. The Oregon average went up by slightly more than four cents to $2.46.
Average fuel prices in East Coast and Gulf Coast states are a bit cheaper than they were at this time a year ago. In Midwest and Rocky Mountain States, the prices are about the same as a year ago. But, in the Pacific Coast states, average prices are anywhere from 20-to-30 cents per gallon higher.
The price of crude oil remains below $60 per barrel, but gasoline prices are rising as the industry prepares for the transition from winter grade fuels to the more expensive, cleaner burning summer blends.
At $2.46, Oregon's average gasoline price is 5th highest in the nation. Hawaii has the highest average price at $2.84, followed by California at $2.71, Nevada at $2.51 and Washington at $2.48. Idaho's average price is up to $2.21. South Carolina has the lowest statewide average price at $2.09. During the past week, the national average diesel price nudged up to $2.57 per gallon. Idaho's average diesel price held at $2.67, Washington's rose four cents to $2.85, California's went up two cents to $3.05, Nevada's fell to $2.79 and Oregon's remained at $2.68.