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Bellingham gas prices on the rise

Steve White fills up his truck at the Shell station on East Holly Street in Bellingham Friday afternoon, May 10, 2013. White was driving from Virginia to Alaska and said the further west he drove the higher the gas prices were.
Steve White fills up his truck at the Shell station on East Holly Street in Bellingham Friday afternoon, May 10, 2013. White was driving from Virginia to Alaska and said the further west he drove the higher the gas prices were. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

In what's becoming a traditional sign that spring is arriving in Whatcom County, gasoline prices are rising at local stations.

On Monday, March 10, the average price for a gallon of gas in the Bellingham metro area was $3.64, according to data from AAA Washington's Daily Fuel Gauge report. That's up 11 cents from last week and up 24 cents compared to a month ago.

While up significantly from the past month, it's still much lower than a year ago, when the average price was $3.98 a gallon.

Gas prices tend to rise in the spring as demand for fuel picks up and some refineries go offline for maintenance work and to switch to the spring/summer blends.

Bellingham's average price is once again the highest among major Washington metro areas, followed by Seattle at $3.58 a gallon. The Spokane area has the least expensive gas, averaging $3.37 a gallon.

The average price for a gallon of diesel is $4.04 a gallon, up 4 cents in a week. Last year, the average price for a gallon of diesel in Bellingham was $4.27.

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