Pipeline break causes gas shortages, long lines across southeast


In a statement early Monday, Colonial Pipeline said supplies of gasoline have either been delivered or are on their way to terminal locations in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

The company is working on rerouting the fuel to another pipeline while it fixes the main pipeline, DeHaan said, but there is no easy way to fix the pipeline and restore gasoline deliveries right away.

A statement from McCrory's office on Monday said the governor has activated the State Emergency Response Team to coordinate with counties regarding fuel needs.

Prices in Paducah stayed steady for the past week, ranging from $1.95 to $2.19 a gallon. Colonial Pipeline said it is beginning construction of a temporary pipeline that will bypass a leaki.

The shortage is blamed on a pipeline rupture and leak of at least 252,000 gallons of gas.

Retail gasoline prices surged due to continuing problems with Colonial Pipeline Co's gasoline line that carries fuel to the U.S. East Coast, as the company started to construct a bypass line around the leak. Other stations experienced long lines waiting for gas.

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A section of the Colonial Pipeline, which runs from Houston to NY, has been closed since September 9, after a spill of roughly250,000 gallonswas discovered in rural Shelby County, Alabama. The average price of regular gas in Georgia a week ago was around $2.10, AAA reported.

Some stations in the Nashville area are reportedly running out of gas temporarily, but eventually getting new supplies in to reopen. It said Saturday that the line was projected to restart the following week. It's unclear when the spill actually started. They're only up a penny or two in the last week in states such as Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee, according to AAA. Last week, the governors of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and SC declared states of emergency allowing truckers to work longer hours to avoid fuel shortages. A week ago, Georgia motorists were paying an average of $2.10 a gallon.

The supply interruption has had a dramatic impact on prices at the pump in the affected states, some more than others.

The national average price for regular gas in the USA on Monday is just over $2.20.

Despite some gas station employees saying they've run out, the Georgia governor's office has said they haven't received any complaints of gas shortages within the state after a pipeline spill in central Alabama.

Drivers in Atlanta area found some pumps completely dry or they had to pay 20 cents more because, according to a sign on the pump, the gas had to be pulled from Savannah.