Where does Oregon rank among most-expensive states for gas?

Oregon has the cheapest gas on the West Coast, but the seventh-most expensive in the nation.

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Oregon has the cheapest gas on the West Coast, but the seventh-most expensive fuel in the nation.

Gas prices have been steady — at the most expensive rate so far this year — for the past week. Fuel prices are expected to drop in the coming month.

From OregonLive.com, which cites AAA Oregon/Idaho:

California remains the nation’s most expensive market for retail gasoline. A total of seven states, all located in the Western U.S., have averages above $3 per gallon, including Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Washington, Utah and Oregon.

The West Coast and Midwest have been hit with surging pump prices this spring due to a series of refinery issues in these regions. Prices on the West Coast are finally stabilizing as refineries come back on line and also due to a surge in imports that have helped to offset supply issues. Because gas prices are so comparatively high on the West Coast, it makes sense for shippers to send gas to this region from other markets because they can get a better price. Some of these shipments likely come from Asia and from the U.S. Gulf Coast via the Panama Canal. Of course, risks remain on the West Coast given continued refinery issues in California. This means that gas prices should drop if everything goes smoothly, but any unexpected problems could quickly send prices higher.

The statewide average Tuesday for regular unleaded was $3.02/gallon; a year ago, it was $3.91.

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