Many eyes will closely watch Northwest gas prices over the next few days to see whether full production at Washington state's largest oil refinery sends them downward.
The Cherry Point refinery in Whatcom County is once again fully operating Wednesday, reports Reuters. The BP plant was shut down on February 17 by an explosive fire that forced a complete shutdown for the last three months.
AAA reports that the average price of gas in Oregon has risen to $4.25 a gallon, just shy of the record $4.29 set in July of 2008.
Cherry Point processes about 230,000 barrels of crude oil each day. It is the largest oil refinery in Washington and the third largest on the west coast.
The cause of the failure was pinpointed to the Crude Vacuum Unit where there was a release of resid that caught fire.
There was no environmental threat as a result of the fire, the EPAdetermined.