Diesel drivers not 'pumped' about plummeting gas prices
BATON ROUGE - Gas prices continue to plummet, but not every driver is celebrating at the pump.
Those who depend on diesel fuel are still paying close to $3 a gallon.
Although diesel users are getting some relief it's nowhere near the plunge gas prices have taken, with diesel drivers currently paying almost a dollar more than people pumping regular gas.
"Depending on your tank it will cost you between $400 and $600," said truck driver William Utley. "After a month you have an extra $2000, it's not enough but it's helping."
Historically diesel fuel has run cheaper than gas, but recent regulations and a strong global demand have changed that, forcing diesel users to continue cashing in at the pump.
In the early 2000s new regulations on emissions made it harder to refine the oil, making it more expensive," said Patrick Courreges, Office of Conservation.
Experts say the next, few months, are typically when the cost of diesel spikes.
"February and March will go up if it follows the general trend," Courreges said.
Right now Diesel in Baton Rouge is about 15 cents cheaper than the national average, dropping 30 cents in the last month to $2.70.
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