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Fueling Rural Oregon

OPB | July 8, 2008 midnight | Updated: Sept. 10, 2013 8:42 p.m.

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Will rising fuel costs eventually force people out of rural areas?

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It’s no secret that communities everywhere are feeling the pinch of rising gas prices, but rural areas face some unique challenges: a lack of public transportation, compounding fertilizer and fuel costs for farmers, and unavoidable long distance travel between home, work and basic services. These concerns are nothing to sneeze at considering Oregon’s gas prices are the seventh highest in the nation and the majority of the land in the state is rural.

Will rising fuel costs eventually force people out of these small towns and cities? How do gas prices in rural Oregon affect the state as a whole? If you live in a rural area, what is your chief concern when it comes to the price of fuel?

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