Colonial Pipeline Leak Causing Gas Shortages in North Carolina

Josh Kim
September 19, 2016

However, only gas supplies in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas were expected to be affected by the leak and temporary closure of Line 1.

The average price per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline in metro Atlanta was $2.40 on Sunday, up from about $2.32 the day before, according to AAA. Pat McCrory to issue an executive order Friday. The pipeline, a 3-foot in diameter artery, is a critical connection from refineries along the Gulf Coast to numerous states along the Eastern Seaboard.

"Gas prices going up", said concerned driver, Adam Howard.

Between 252,000 and 336,000 gallons of gasoline have leaked from the pipeline near Helena, Alabama.

The governor's statement says state officials are working to make sure motorists are protected from excessive gas prices and minimize any interruptions in fuel supplies.

And authorities in SC said they had heard of "isolated cases" of gas stations running out of fuel.

A sign on a gas station pump near Interstate 20 in Atlanta tells customers that fuel will be more expensive Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, since the store had to get it from Savannah, Georgia after a pipeline spilled, causing shortages across the region.

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"We were out, so we said, let's gas up", he said.

Tennessee Emergency Management Director Patrick Sheehan tried to reassure drivers. "If consumers fill up unnecessarily, top off their tanks when they aren't close to empty, and fill multiple containers at the pumps, then our petroleum retailers will not be able to keep up with the demand of the fuel supply".

Some southeastern officials have asked drivers not to panic and to use normal fuel habits.

Quik Trip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh said several stations in SC were seeing outages. On their Facebook page, the company wrote the following statement.

"This is a proactive step to protect Virginia citizens and businesses by ensuring that companies can bring in the gasoline supplies they need to offset any shortages that may arise as a result of this event", the governor said in a news release.

The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in Valdosta Saturday was $2.02, unchanged from seven days earlier, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley issued an executive order because of the emergency in Georgia.

Shortages, meanwhile, stretched across Georgia and parts of at least five other states, according to the Associated Press.

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