Why Are Gas Prices So Expensive In Idaho?

Oct 3, 2018

Depending on where you live in Idaho, you might find that prices at your local gas station are 30-40 cents higher per gallon than in neighboring Wyoming and Montana. So...what’s up with that? 

On this episode on Wanna Know Idaho, we’ll take a look behind the pump, to try and figure out some of the market forces at work in the Gem State. (Hint: think distance from oil fields and refineries, Idaho's explosive growth, extreme weather events, state taxes and geopolitics. Yep, it's complicated.)  

First, let’s drive southwest from Boise to meet this episode’s winning question asker.  

"As I travel through different states, everytime I came into Idaho I noticed that the gas prices and diesel prices went up," question asker John Lawson says. "Except on the western side of the state; but on the eastern side of the state they went up drastically from Montana or Wyoming into Idaho." 

"So, I wondered why." 

John bought his Chevy truck when the price of diesel was less than $3 per gallon. Now he pays about $3.50 per gallon.


The answer to his question is pretty complicated, but Wanna Know Idaho is up to the challenge. Click the "listen" button above to find out the answer and subscribe to the podcast so you don't miss the next question we'll tackle. 

John Lawson outside his 2016 Chevy pickup, which hauls his camper. He’s semi-retired and says he and his wife want to travel more using the truck. He fuels up at the Albertsons in Kuna because of the price and quality of the diesel.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

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