Gas prices in Lea County now lower thanks to petition

Posted at: 12/13/2013 9:25 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Drivers in a New Mexico county that at one time had the highest gas prices in the state have some relief.

They pushed to change what they’re paying at the pump and now the Attorney General’s office is answering their call.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 found out what their efforts have started.

Drivers in Lea County are sick of high gas prices.  

“I don't just feel like we're being cheated, I know we're being cheated," said Russ Black.

Black started a petition to lower the prices.  He got over 2,000 signatures.

"We had far more than 150 people at the rally to launch the petition," said Black.

They took the petition to the Attorney General’s office hoping to get these gas prices lowered. 

And now the Attorney General’s office is listening.

“We do take these kinds of complaints seriously and there are a number of consumer protection laws that could be applicable here and that’s what we’ll be looking at,” said Phil Sisneros, Director of Communications for the Attorney General’s office.

Even with the Attorney General’s office investigating, it’s unclear when or if drivers will see a change.

“Well at this point we don’t know, we won’t know that until we actually have some data and some information to work from,” said Sisneros.

But drivers are just glad something is being done.

“This is a great relief, especially when you realize that less than a month ago, it wasn't even known to our legislators that there was a gas price problem," said Black.

Gas prices have lowered since the petition.  Friday they were $3.09, that’s compared to $3.79 in August.  But it’s still higher than Albuquerque, where it’s $2.79.