Hobbs residents questioning price of gas

Posted at: 08/23/2013 7:11 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Gas prices in Hobbs are some of the highest in the state.  A viewer came to KOB Eyewitness News 4 asking why that’s the case, considering the city is right in the heart of oil country. 

In Hobbs, the ground is pumping out oil, but those who live in Hobbs are pumping out the cash to get it.

There are 24 fueling stations in Hobbs, each one coming out about $3.79 a gallon.  The statewide average is $3.39 a gallon.

"We've got most of the oil and gas right here.  We bring it out of the ground and we pay more for it, and I just don't understand it," said Stoney Collins.

Collins refuses to even fill up in Hobbs.

“They’re too high, I don’t buy it here. I buy in Texas or Roswell," said Collins.

Gas prices in Hobbs are significantly more than towns nearby.  In Artesia, a gallon costs $3.49, in Carlsbad $3.48, and in Roswell you pay $3.33.

“It’s almost worth driving 70 miles to fill up on a tank of gas than to pay for it here.  I think it’s just outrageous," said Stephanie Cisneros.

The Chamber of Commerce said the high prices are because there’s not enough competition.  There are only two fuel suppliers in town. One of them is KW Fuels.

KOB asked KW fuels why their prices are so high, they said they're just trying to stay competitive.

So it looks like people in Hobbs will keep paying more at the pump.

“I had to downgrade from my SUV to a smaller car and it still takes about $60-70 to fill it up," said Miriam Mascarenas.

Or go somewhere else.

“It’s 30 cents cheaper anywhere else so I just stop somewhere else and get it," said Collins.

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