Peninsula: At some stations, local gas price jumps to $2 a gallon

Gasoline prices have zoomed past $2 a gallon in Clallam and Jefferson counties.

Premium gas is being sold for $1.99 to $2.03 a gallon at many stations, with regular unleaded averaging about $1.81 a gallon on Friday.

Some discount stations were selling unleaded for $1.73 a gallon, and premium for $1.95.

Loss of full production at a local refinery — not last week’s terrorist attacks — is blamed for the recent price increases.

Gas prices have spiked since the days before Labor Day weekend, rising from an average of $1.51 for a gallon of regular Aug. 29.

While the terrorist attacks have sent prices up significantly in some markets on the East Coast, increases on the North Olympic Peninsula and across western Washington began before those events.

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