Lea County drivers tired of high gas prices

Posted at: 10/11/2013 9:06 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

There’s one place in New Mexico where gas prices are consistently the highest in the state.  We’re talking about Lea County, where right now drivers are paying $3.59 a gallon to fill up.  Compare that to $2.95 a gallon in Albuquerque and $3.37 in Farmington.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 went to Lovington where fed-up drivers are taking action.

Drivers in Lea County are fed-up.

“It’s ridiculous at the prices everywhere else is cheaper than here," said Lovington resident Charles Campbell.

Hobbs radio personality Russ Black decided to do something about it.

“It’s just unfair for us to be paying these extra prices," said Black.

Black wants to put pressure on the Attorney General’s office.

“We’re filing this petition, we need signatures on this petition, so that the Attorney General's office hears in a solid voice that we know that there are unfair gas pricing going on and that we're being the victims of this," said Black.

We hit the streets with Black as he gathered signatures from frustrated drivers.

“Let people know that we're tired of it, we want to know what’s wrong," said Lovington resident Frederic Vaugn.

Black also called for a citizens’ rally Saturday in Hobbs.

Black said he thinks the rally is working.  After it was scheduled gas prices went down ten cents, the next day another ten cents.

“When I was speaking on my radio show this morning, the minute that I said KOB was coming to interview about this gas price rally, the prices went down another seven cents," said Black.

Various reasons are given for the high prices including too few gas stations and suppliers trying to stay competitive.  Drivers don’t want to hear it.

“Take a look at southeastern New Mexico. We feel we're being treated unfairly by the gasoline prices, it’s that simple," said Black.

The rally is Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Hobbs Plaza parking lot.