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Tijuana Running Low on Fuel, Again

Increased demand for diesel in Tijuana is causing diesel shortages again in the border city. Baja California’s Governor says demand from locals is to blame, not U.S. drivers looking for a bargain. KP

Tijuana Running Low on Fuel, Again

Increased demand for diesel in Tijuana is causing diesel shortages again in the border city. Baja California’s Governor says demand from locals is to blame, not U.S. drivers looking for a bargain. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

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A boat carrying enough diesel to supply the border region for more than a month arrived in Rosarito just ten days ago.

That supply ended the shortage that caused long lines at some stations around the region and caused some diesel pumps to run dry.

However, problems have revved up again, even though the diesel supplies are there.

This time, government officials say Mexico’s gas company, PEMEX, can’t get the diesel from storage tanks in Rosarito to stations around the region quickly enough.

Officials say demand has surged up to 30 percent.

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Rumors that U.S. drivers are filling extra gas tanks with diesel and bringing the fuel back across the border have run rampant. Same for Mexican truckers filling up with more diesel than they need for cross border runs.

However, the Governor and Mayor of Tijuana say as of now, that’s just rumor.

Meanwhile, Pemex officials have been silent on the issue.

In Tijuana, Amy Isackson, KPBS News.