Pain at the pump: Gasoline prices take off like a rocket
Lonnie Archibald/for Peninsula Daily News
Gas price rose above the $4 mark Friday at the 76 station in Forks.
By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News
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With Memorial Day only two weeks off, the Washington state average gas price was $3.89, which rose dramatically from $3.62 on May 1.
At www.GasBuddy.com, a gas price-tracking website, the rising prices were attributed to tight fuel supplies, as reported in a Weekly Fuels Watch Report by the California Energy Commission.
According to the commission report, the supply of gasoline in Oregon and Washington states is very tight — 15.3 percent lower than where inventories were last May.
During the Memorial Day weekend in 2012, the Washington state average for a gallon of unleaded was $4.12, and in 2011, it was $4.01, according to the American Automobile Association.
In the Port Angeles area Sunday morning, prices for regular unleaded ranged from $3.77 at the ARCO at 2453 E. U.S. Highway 101, to $4.11 at the 76 station, 907 E. First St.
Sequim had a few cheaper options, including $3.71 at the Costco at 955 W. Washington St., while the highest price in town was $4.09 at the Chevron station at 23 Hooker Road near Carlsborg.
East of Joyce, the price reached a North Olympic Peninsula high of $4.25 at the 76 station at 50883 State Highway 112, while the Shell station at 17203 Strait of Juan de Fuca Highway in Clallam Bay was last reported to have a price of $3.93.
In Forks, the price had reached $4.03 at the 76 station.
In Jefferson County, the Port Townsend Safeway fuel station at 2611 E. Sims Way had a price of $3.79, while the Shell at 1408 W. Sims Way reached $3.98.
Port Hadlock had reported prices of $3.89 at the Cenex, 9315 Rhody Drive, and $3.95 at the Chevron at 9072 Beaver Valley Road.
The Beaver Valley General Store, 2593 Beaver Valley Road near Port Ludlow, was reported to have a Sunday price of $3.99, and the Quilcene Village Store, 294235 Highway 101, reported $3.89.
The cheapest reported gas Sunday in Washington was in Clarkston in the eastern part of the state, where a gallon of gas at Costco went for $3.33.
The most expensive gas was $4.46, at a Shell station in Point Roberts.
Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last modified: May 12. 2013 6:13PM