By Camaron Abundes
BIG SPRING- Finding a vacant, inexpensive hotel room in the Permian Basin is no longer an easy task but in Big Spring customers say not only are the Hotels overflowing, they're over priced.
"Gouging, price gouging, that's what they call that. Price gouging," Adrian Wood, an Independent Trucker who dropped off a load Thursday, said.
Normally, Wood says he might try to find a room for the night while searching for another load to take back with him to Dallas.
"It doesn't pay for me to go over there and give them a $100 dollars, I can just sleep in the truck and let it run," Wood says even with the cost of diesel toppling $4 dollars, it's still cheaper to run the engine all night than to get a room.
"It's everybody, they know the the oil refinery's got to get fixed, and they're taking advantage of it," Edwin Shaw a contractor who temporarily relocated with his company in 2006, said.
Shaw says he started paying $800 a month at the Hotel now called the Plaza Inn off I-20.
"Now I am paying 1500," Shaw said, adding they're not even the highest.
When NewsWest 9 called the Manager they said all over town the prices have gone up.
"The rates are extremely high in this area," Peggy Warnell, who opted to rent a room, said. "It was a little unbelievable. In Minnesota, we can get the same type of room for $50 bucks."
NewsWest 9 called several RV Parks around town, many are also full. Hotel prices for a single bed range from $54.99 at the Motel 6 to $114.99 at the Comfort Inn. The Comfort Inn Rates in Midland are higher than in Big Spring.
Many no longer offer extended stay rates, because they are so full.
"There about the highest I've done seen so far," Wood said, "The money I made coming down here. I am going to burn that just coming back."
Todd Darden with the City of Big Spring, says construction on new hotel is nearly finished and another will break ground soon.