Bellingham gas prices drop 8 cents in one week

Gas prices in Bellingham took a dip last week as motorists continue to save significant money compared to a year ago.

The average price for a gallon of gas was $2.96 in Bellingham on Monday, March 16, according to data from AAA Washington. That’s down 8 cents in the past week and 72 cents compared to a year ago.

Bellingham no longer has the highest average price among major Washington metro areas. Seattle now tops the list, at $2.98 a gallon. Spokane has the least expensive, at $2.39 a gallon.

Diesel prices also are down locally. The average price for a gallon of diesel was $2.98 on March 16 in Bellingham, down $1.04 compared to a year ago. is expecting prices to continue to drop on the West Coast in the next week but drift higher in many parts of the country as the switch is made to the summer blends. With oil prices continuing to drop, it could be a summer where customers see good deals.

“In the end, it could mean even lower gasoline prices for motorists during the summer than GasBuddy previously expected, barring other refinery issues or unpredictable issues,” said Patrick DeHaan, Gasbuddy senior petroleum analyst, in a news release.