After several days of flirting with $4, Tacoma’s average gas price today embraced that figure.
According to The News Tribune’s Gas Price Tracker, the average for a gallon of regular unleaded hit $4.007 this morning, up .9 cents from Thursday.
Tacoma’s prices cresting $4 were a day behind Seattle, which passed that mark Thursday.
The $4 average came some two and a half months before the price hit that level last year in mid-May. Statewide, the average was some 8 cents lower, $3.924 a gallon. Washington’s state average price, according to GasBuddy.com, was the fifth highest in the 48 states. California was at the top of that list with an average of $4.331 a gallon.
The lowest was Colorado with an average of $3.176 a gallon. Oregon was third on that list with a price of $3.964.
Aggravating the price situation here an on the West Coast is the forced shutdown of BP’s Ferndale refinery. That refinery has a capacity of 230,000 barrels of production daily, but a fire two weeks ago closed the plant for repairs. BP is using the forced closure to handle annual maintenance tasks and the seasonal switchover to summer formulated gas.
The least expensive gas in the Tacoma, $3.84 a gallon was at a Valero station in Midland and as Costco near the Tacoma Mall. The most expensive, $4.42 a gallon, was being sold at a Shell station in Puyallup.