Washington motorists were already reeling from rising gasoline prices. Now, it's time for more sticker shock. The Triple-A auto club says Washington has the second-highest gas prices in the nation after California's $3.49 a gallon. The average price of gasoline in Washington has risen to a record $3.40 a gallon. That's up 40 cents in the past month. Some gas prices around Washington according to the Triple-A: Bellingham $3.52, Bremerton $3.42, Olympia $3.42, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $3.44, Spokane $3.22, Tacoma $3.43, Tri-Cities $3.25, Vancouver $3.42 and Yakima $3.29.
Nationwide, the Lundberg Survey reports that prices for self-serve regular have surged to a record average $3.07 a gallon. That's nearly 20 cents higher than two weeks earlier. The previous U.S. record was $3.03 per gallon on August eleventh, 2006.
Analyst Trilby Lundberg says the increase is due mostly to refinery problems. She notes there have been at least a dozen additional partial shutdowns in the U.S. and internationally that have cut refining capacity.