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Oregon gasoline prices on the rise

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Oregon's gasoline prices inched up 3 cents a gallon in the past week.What went down must go up.

Oregon’s still cheap gasoline prices are rising again. AAA Oregon/Idaho reported Tuesday that the state’s average cost for a gallon of regular skipped up 3 cents to $1.93. Nationally, the average cost of a gallon of gasoline climbed a nickel to $1.76.

“Retail gas prices are on the rise for the first time since early November, though drivers continue to enjoy relatively low prices at the pump,” says AAA Oregon/Idaho Public Affairs Director Marie Dodds. “AAA expects gas prices to move higher due to an increase in crude oil prices and as the spring refinery maintenance season ramps up. However, prices are not expected to rise as high as in recent years.”

Gas prices are increasing in many parts of the country as refinery maintenance season gets underway and as some refineries cut production in response to abundant supplies.

Hawaii is the nation’s most expensive market for retail gasoline, and regional neighbors California, Alaska and Washington are the only states with averages above $2 per gallon. Oregon has the seventh highest gasoline costs.

Pump prices in a majority of states (31) are at or below the $1.75 per gallon. Arizona ($1.53) and South Carolina ($1.54) have the nation’s lowest averages at the pump, according to AAA Oregon/Idaho.

Oregon’s diesel prices held steady at $1.99 a gallon, according to AAA Oregon/Idaho.