It’s about to become legal to pump your own gas in a lot of Oregon Counties, including Tillamook and Curry. And a number in central and eastern Oregon counties as well; Crook and Jefferson counties for starters. But it also includes other counties with less than 40,000 population like Malheur, Union, Wasco, Hood River, Baker, Morrow, Lake, Grant, Harney, Wallowa, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties.
The bill was approved by the state House and Senate, but the Senate put a few tweeks to it that the House must ratify. But soonafter it’s passed and signed by Governor Brown, it will will remove a travel danger to anyone who travels at night, especially in Eastern Oregon. When a gas station owner leaves the station, it’s shut down for the night. It’s common in towns like Baker and Burns for the gas station owners to come in and find several cars in his parking area with people still sleeping – waiting for the station to open so they can gas up and get on with their journey. When the legislature approves the bill and Governor Brown signs it, motorists can just whip out their credit or debit card, fill up, and head on down the road. But only between the hours of 6pm and 6am. From 6am to 6pm you must rely on the gas station employee to do the honors.