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BP Cherry Point oil refinery is back in business

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May 31, 2012 -

BLAINE, Wash. - The BP Cherry Point oil refinery near Blaine is back in business.
A spokesman for BP says repairs and maintenance were completed in May and now normal operations have resumed again.
The refinery shut down in February after a fire. The three-month outage had been mentioned as one reason gasoline prices have been higher on the West Coast than the rest of the nation. 

But there are multiple factors that go into the price of gasoline, including increased demand for summer driving.
BP Cherry Point is the third-largest refinery on the West Coast. It produces 20 percent of Washington's gasoline needs and supplies the majority of jet fuel for Sea-Tac, Portland and Vancouver, British Columbia, airports.