Refineries are back online in the Pacific Northwest, and demand for gasoline is finally dropping to the normal autumn level. AAA Motor Club Director of Government and Public Affairs Marie Dodds says that brings good news at the pump.
“The Oregon average loses three cents to $3.31,” she said. “In Pendleton, it’s down a nickel for the week to $3.21 a gallon and Hermiston is down four cents to $3.16.”
Dodds added that Washington’s state average drops a penny to $3.41 for a gallon of regular unleaded. Walla Walla’s average is up a penny to $3.39 while Milton-Freewater sees a two-cent drop to $3.19.
While demand has finally gone down to fall levels, Dodds cautions that gas stockpiles are not as big as they were in 2018.
“Our current level is still about a million barrels lower than this time last year,” she said. “We’re not quite out of the woods yet. Our prices could climb again.”