State’s drivers see fracking’s impact at pump

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Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 7:00 pm | Updated: 11:40 pm, Sat Dec 28, 2013.

It wasn’t that long ago when gas station owners such as Charley Brewer of Santa Fe were being accused of price fixing by state officials who claimed in court filings that gas prices were artificially inflated.

Today, retail gasoline prices in the state are among the lowest in the country because New Mexico sits amid the inland refinery transportation routes that are the backbone of an economy that is producing more domestic crude oil.

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  • Steve Bishop posted at 8:06 am on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    BigTex Posts: 3

    Don't make me come out there and run for Mayor! I just filled up the truck..........[beam]

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:25 am on Fri, Dec 27, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 2980

    Yup, the price of gas did spike up to the $4/gal range briefly under Bush, but the average price of gas under Bush was still just $2.14, noticeably cheaper than the $2.90-$2.99 that Bruce Krasnow thinks we should be happy about. Of course, a big part of the problem isn't that the price of gas has gone up, it's that Obama and Bernanke have been stripping the value out of our dollars to prop up their Wall Street cronies.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 2:18 pm on Thu, Dec 26, 2013.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 1046

    If you follow above link, you can set the "time period" on gasoline prices to display from 3 months, up to 11 years, which is what I had looked at.

  • Rose Nofchissey posted at 2:14 pm on Thu, Dec 26, 2013.

    Evic Wash Posts: 1

    The author didn't know that Farmington gas prices are probably the highest in the state? $3.19 a gallon
    Fracking is against indigenous values.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 2:04 pm on Thu, Dec 26, 2013.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 1046

    Gasoline was under $1.40 gallon before "Cheney's Folly", the 2003 invasion/occupation of Iraq. As expected with major military events in that region, prices rose, and have averaged well above those "pre-Iraq". There was a precipitous dive from the $4gal level in late 2008 shortly before Bush left office in 2009. Below is link to a graphic chart showing NM prices of the last decade.
    Copy & paste link if needed.


  • Joe Montoya posted at 11:34 am on Thu, Dec 26, 2013.

    Joe_Montoya Posts: 137

    Charlie Brewer was very greedy in the past when he didn't have the competition he has today. If it weren't for the competition he has today his gas prices wouls be high in the clouds!!!!!

  • Tom Aageson Aageson posted at 10:57 am on Thu, Dec 26, 2013.

    Aagie Posts: 15

    Low gas prices are due to fracking is like saying low clothes prices are due to production in Bangladesh without looking at the worker conditions. Fracking is leaving behind environmental damage and that cost is not included. People cannot live nor be safe in Bangladesh making inexpensive clothes for us and we leave more and more people in poverty. Fracking produces low cost gas, but leaves behind tainted water with chemicals in the homes near the wells and spoils the earth around the wells. When will be pay for damage left behind and when will be lift children and families out of poverty and pay the true price for clothing?

  • Steve Salazar posted at 10:49 am on Thu, Dec 26, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 1697

    As the reporter was writing this, the price of gasoline went up 20 cents, he didn't see the horse leaving the barn.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:14 am on Thu, Dec 26, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 2980

    The average price of gasoline for the eight years Bush was president was $2.14.

  • Shawn Paar posted at 9:43 am on Thu, Dec 26, 2013.

    rustplug Posts: 2

    Yep and it was 4.00 per gal. 5 months before....

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:12 am on Thu, Dec 26, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 2980

    I wonder if the New Mexican would be telling us that $2.99/gallon gasoline is good news if a Republican was in the White House? Gas was $1.78 a gallon when Bush left office.


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