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Oregon skips refinery woes as gasoline drops below $3 a gallon

Oregon’s average price for a gallon of gasoline dipped below $3 for the first time in about three months, according to AAA Oregon/Idaho.

Even with refinery shutdowns in the Midwest, the state is seeing sub-$3 gasoline, and that trend could continue, says Marie Dodds, AAA Oregon/Idaho public affairs director.

“This is the first time since May 8 that the Oregon average has dropped below $3 a gallon,” Dodds says. “Barring any issues in production or jumps in the price of crude oil, AAA expects gas prices will continue to fall in this region leading up to the Labor Day holiday.”

Pump prices in the Midwest soared on news that BP unexpectedly shutdown the largest of its three crude distillation units at its Whiting, Ind., refinery on Aug. 8 for unscheduled repair work, according to AAA Oregon/Idaho. Retail pump prices in Indiana are up 59 cents a gallon in the past week, with similar price surges in the neighboring states of Illinois (up 56 cents), Michigan (up 51 cents), Ohio (up 44 cents) and Wisconsin (up 39 cents).

For the sixth week in a row, California has the most expensive gasoline in the country at $3.56 a gallon (same as last week), followed by Alaska at $3.46, Nevada at $3.21, Hawaii at $3.20, and Illinois at $3.16. Washington is sixth down from fifth last week at $3.08 (down four cents). Oregon is seventh down from sixth last week at $2.99 (down four cents).

The cheapest gas is in South Carolina ($2.18 a gallon).

The average price for a gallon of diesel fuel in Oregon also dipped five cents to $2.91.