State officials address high gasoline prices

June 5, 2012

By Staff

Gov. Chris Gregoire ordered the state Department of Commerce to look into high gasoline prices in Washington and study possible actions to lower prices as the summer driving season kicks into gear.

The governor directed the agency to monitor Washington and West Coast supplies and prices for gasoline, diesel and other petroleum products, and regularly report to the governor’s office. The department is also required to provide assistance to other state agencies in work related to high gasoline and diesel prices, including reporting any market concerns to the state Attorney General’s Office.

Washington has the fourth-highest gas prices in the nation, behind Hawaii, Alaska and California, according to data compiled by AAA. The average price for regular gas in Washington is $4.24 per gallon, compared to the $3.66 national average.

Officials said the West Coast is facing the lowest supplies of fuel since 1992.

Gregoire also sent letters to every refinery in Washington, asking authorities to “take all prudent measures to increase production and supplies sufficiently to reduce the costs for consumers on the West Coast.”

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