BEND, OR -- AAA-Oregon said Tuesday statewide gas prices held steady in the past week, while the national average dropped. Oregon's figure held this week at $3.88 a gallon, while the U.S. average dropped 2 1/2 cents to $3.67 a gallon.
"We may have peaked nationally, and if we haven't we are darn close," said AAA-Oregon's Marie Dodds. She added gas prices in 32 states dropped in the past week. She told KBNW News Oregon gas prices did not change, mainly because of our location on the west coast.
"California has the strictest environmental standards for it's gasoline in the country, and when you have suppliers making gasoline for the California market, chances are, they're not going to make a separate recipe for Washington, make a different recipe for Oregon and then meet California strict standards. Chances are, we will get California's gas, and it's just going to cost more."
Dodds said current gas prices are higher than this time last year, but the gap is starting to decrease.
$3.69 a gallon in Bend
$3.69 a gallon in Redmond
$3.85 a gallon in Madras
$3.85 a gallon in Prineville
$3.85 a gallon in La Pine
$3.86 a gallon in Sisters
$3.92 a gallon in Sunriver
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