New Mexico town out of gas for nearly a week

New Mexico

One New Mexico town is running on empty.

The only place to fill up in town has been out of gas for a week, and officials say it’s putting people at risk. 

“I got back and there was no gas…that was Sunday,” says Peter Dumais.

Friday, that’s still the case at Mountainair’s only gas station.

“The weather has been bad, and it’s real bad when you come to town and you can’t get gas. People are counting on that,” says Steven Burns. 

Officials in the Torrance County town of 1,000 say for the past six months, gas availability has been sporadic and they never know when the pumps will be working.

“It’s a significant issue and it’s a public safety issue,” says Town Clerk Dennis Fulfer. 

Fulfer says this is the longest they’ve gone without gasoline.

He says a truck did come Thursday, but ran into problems because of ice in the parking lot.

“He could not locate the inlet to distribute the gas and so he subsequently had to leave and come back [Friday],” says Fulfer. 

Town leaders say police and maintenance crews use a separate gas system, so first responders that rely on the town gas station have a back up. However, the nearest gas station for residents is in Estancia, 20 miles away.

“The mayor is considering doing a plan going to council and creating an emergency plan so in these situations we could sell gas,” says Fulfer. 

But until that happens, “What do you do if you ain’t got gas?” says Burns. 

KRQE News 13 reached out to the 7-Eleven corporate office, but did not hear back. People in town say they’ve heard rumblings the gas could be flowing again Saturday. 

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