High Diesel Fuel Prices Affect East Texans In Different Ways

For independent trucker Lloyd Maxey it's a difficult sight. "There it goes-- $3.89 for a gallon of diesel fuel. You can't survive with these prices," says Maxey, as he stands in the parking lot of a gas station,watching the price change from $3.85 a gallon to $3.89 a gallon.

Diesel prices are going up every minute, and for diesel consumers like "Maxey" it's hard to swallow. "It make you want to cry because this is how I take care of my family and this is what I love doing. These prices are ridiculous."

Randy Gary and his Greenday Tree Service crew fill up their work trucks everyday with diesel. "We're spending any where from $100.00 to $104.00  a day on fuel. When I walk up to the pump and pull the handle out, I just don't even look at the price anymore," said Gary.

To compensate for the price he pays to fill up his business is going up on their prices ten percent. "We're getting backed into a corner where we're going to have to go beyond that envelope, which is hard on the consumer whose already paying the extra fuel prices themselves."

So, why did diesel prices go from being the lowest to the highest? Experts contribute it to supply and demand. "We have a global economy and a global demand. Diesel is the most expensive fuel because we're running our rail roads with diesel and we're running our shipping industry with diesel," said Joe White, Director of East Texas Oil Museum.

And while diesel prices may be hurting some consumers, there are other drivers who say you get what you pay for. "I get such good mileage, I can't complain at all. I get 50 miles to the gallon on my diesel," said Reta Ross, who drives a 2001 Jeta Volkswagen.

No complaints for some, but heartaches for others.

LaKecia Shockley, Reporting lshockley@kltv.com.