Gas Prices Start Rising Again Just in Time for Election, Break $6 Mark in Parts of US

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Gasoline prices are rising, and the looming landfall of Hurricane Ian could drive them up even further.

In fact, in Portland, one station is already charging $6.27 for a gallon of regular unleaded, according to KATU.

Although that’s above the average for the Portland metro area, data released Monday from GasBuddy shows the average price of a gallon of unleaded regular in Portland is now $5.047, up roughly 28 cents from a week ago.

Last year, according to Gas Buddy, Portland-area gas prices averaged $3.755 per gallon.

Although Portland’s prices are higher than the nation as a whole, the same trend is taking shape across the country, according to AAA.

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As of Monday, AAA put the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded at $3.725, up from $3.677 a week ago and $3.187 a year ago. California, at $5.708 per gallon had the nation’s highest average price as of Monday, according to AAA. Mississippi, at $3.074 a gallon, had the lowest average price.

Andrew Gross, a AAA representative, said the potential for an increase is lurking offshore, according to AAA.

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“Hurricane Ian could cause problems, depending on the storm’s track, by disrupting oil production in the Gulf of Mexico and impacting large coastal refineries,” he said.

Hurricanes have impacted gas prices before. An NBC report citing AAA figures noted that after the 2008 landfall of Hurricane Katrina, gas prices went up about 45 cents per gallon in less than a week.

Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, said refinery issues are impacting the West Coast, Pacific Northwest, Great Lakes and Plains.

“One of the longest gas price declines on record has finally come to an end after 14 weeks, with gas…


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