Farmington also affected by contaminated gas problem

Posted at: 10/10/2013 6:56 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque isn't the only place where people are complaining about contaminated gasoline.

One woman in the Four Corners says her car stopped working after she filled up at a Farmington gas station.

Crystal Roberts says she couldn't figure out why her car wouldn't start Wednesday morning, because she filled up at this gas station the day before. 

"My son was out there at the time when I tried to start my car remotely, and it tried to backfire, he was scared about it and he said mom it sounds like the car is trying to explode," Roberts said.

Eventually she got her car to start, but not for long. She took it to a mechanic and after some tests confirmed it was contaminated gasoline.

"The ratio was almost half, where it was just water," she said. 

Roberts says she contacted the station she bought the gas from, but says the number they gave her hasn't been much help.

"It's extremely frustrating because nobody can give you any answers to your questions because you're like "what do I do, who do I call, who do I take these papers to' and all they can do is take your name and number and wait," Roberts said.

Roberts says she's already shelled out $600 just to test if her car had contaminated gas.

"You have to pay everything out of pocket, until they get back to you and I don't know how long that's going to take and I haven't even had a phone call and I started calling yesterday morning," Roberts said.

KOB called Western Refining Thursday morning and they did confirm that the gas station at 5601 East Main street had contaminated gasoline but they replaced it with new gasoline and its back in business.