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Published January 10, 2014, 10:02 PM

Diesel fuel shortage forces haulers to wait hours to fill up

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A diesel fuel shortage in the region has local haulers waiting in line for hours, even driving hundreds of miles to fill up.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A diesel fuel shortage in the region has local haulers waiting in line for hours, even driving hundreds of miles to fill up.

Experts say the harsh winter weather we've been having could play a role.

The shortage is of number one diesel fuel, and it has affected prices. Right now number one fuel costs about 60 cents more than number two fuel. But it has also made for some long days for fuel haulers trying to make sure their stations stay stocked.

Leon Schwan spends his days hauling fuel to Petro stations in Fargo-Moorhead…

And a recent shortage of number one diesel fuel has him making sure to plan ahead.

Leon Schwan, Fuel Hauler: "You might go a week before the pipeline might have it again. And you either better be full and have a way you're going to get your next load from or you're going to be driving out of town or even out of state to go get it."

Mike Rud, President of the North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association, says it boils down to the bitterly cold weather we've had this winter. Number one diesel works better in lower temperatures, down to -40 degrees.

Rud: "That's what people want to burn when it's this cold to make sure that they don't have any engine troubles on the road and that's understandable. We just haven't gotten caught up in terms of supply. The demand has just outpaced supply by a longshot. We're finally starting to see a little light at the end of the tunnel here."

That's welcome news for Schwan, who says the worst part of the shortage is waiting in line. He sees people drive from as far as Montana and South Dakota to fill up here.

Schwan: "There can be 60, 70 trucks in line just waiting to get the same product you went over there for, and waiting times can get anywhere from two, three hours. I've been in line as long as 11 hours just to get one load. So, it's not fun."

Governor Dalrymple signed an "hours of service" waiver, allowing drivers more time to move product.

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