High gas prices bypass North Olympic Peninsula

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Washington average as of Wednesday: $1.59/gallon for regular, $1.73/gallon for premium.

$1.63/$1.83

A month ago: $1.59/$1.79

A year ago: $1.62/$1.82

National average: $1.76 as of last Friday. Average price for all grades of gasoline based on a survey of 8,000 service stations.

Source: Peninsula Daily News, AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report

Gasoline prices are rising off the charts across the United States, but Jefferson and Clallam motorists have been largely spared — so far.

“For a variety of reasons we’re just not reacting like other places,” said Janet Ray, a spokeswoman for the AAA of Washington.

The nation’s average price of gas, including all grades and taxes, increased 8.58 cents to $1.76 over the last two weeks — with the Midwest and West experiencing the biggest jumps at the pump.

USA Today this week reported that Shell and Chevron dealers in California and Chicago say they have been told to prepare for the possibility of $3-a-gallon gasoline this summer.

On the North Olympic Peninsula, the average price for regular gas was up to $1.63 per gallon as of Wednesday, with some stations selling regular for $1.55.

Premium gas averaged $1.83 a gallon.

These are about the same prices the Peninsula saw last summer and again in November and December.

Because of transportation costs, Peninsula gas prices are usually slightly above the state average.

This full report appears in today’s editions of the Peninsula Daily News, on sale throughout Clallam and Jefferson counties. Or click onto “Subscribe” at left to order your copy via U.S. mail.

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