Colonial announces construction of temporary pipeline

Work will begin soon on a temporary bypass of the leak on the major fuel pipeline that has caused a supply crunch and price increases on gasoline throughout the southeast. The pipeline section that failed runs from MS to Atlanta.

As much as 336,000 gallons of gasoline is estimated to have spilled from the 36-inch pipeline since September 9, when a leak was discovered by an inspector for the Alabama Surface Mining Commission who was performing a routine check at an inactive coal mine. It's unclear when the spill actually started.

However, complete restart of Line 1, the gasoline line, has been pushed to next week because of gasoline vapors at the site, the company said.

Colonial earlier said most of the leaked gasoline is contained in a retention pond and there's no public safety concern. Those restrictions include the number of hours truck drivers can work continuously.

"Based on current projections and consultations with industry partners, parts of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and SC will be the first markets to be impacted by any potential disruption in supply". If prices rise, the effect could be felt the hardest in Tennessee, which is supplied by a spur off the leaky pipeline. Governors can suspend federal transportation regulations during emergencies.

Gasoline futures have soared and prices at the pump in certain states have started to spike as a result of an ongoing shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, the key artery bringing gasoline and other products to the U.S. East Coast.

An order issued by Gov.

"This is a precautionary measure as we are not now seeing any widespread unavailability of petroleum in Tennessee", Haslam said.

"We want to reassure Tennesseans there is petroleum available to meet the needs of consumers". "We urge Tennesseans to maintain their normal fuel purchasing and driving patterns to help prevent any potential impacts on our fuel supply while the pipeline undergoes repairs". That requirement of the Clean Air Act expired at midnight Thursday.

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