Gas prices rise at Upstate stations after Alabama pipeline spill

Gas prices rise at Upstate stations after Alabama pipeline spill

Gas prices rise at Upstate stations after Alabama pipeline spill

Colonial, the largest refined products system in the USA, shut down its main gasoline and distillates lines on Friday after discovering the leak; it has since restarted Line 2, its distillate line, and says it expects to restart Line 1, its gasoline line, completely by this weekend.

Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline estimated that the pipeline rupture near Birmingham has spilled 252,000 to 336,000 gallons of gasoline, most of which was corralled in a retention pond.

"They have mobilized an army to respond to this spill", Chuck Berry with the EPA said.

"It's not safe for our workers to recover much product off of the pond due to gasoline vapors", Berry added.

"That's our water", he said.

NEW YORK, Sept 16 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.

Almost a week after a section of a key gasoline pipeline was closed in Alabama, officials are saying the issue could lead to higher prices at the pump and temporary outages in East Tennessee until next week. Operations are resuming as officials deem conditions safe. The federal government has restricted the airspace above the site of the leak for the safety of responders and the public.

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Crews are working to fix the pipeline.

Cahaba Riverkeeper David Butler told that the company has been "aggressive" in its response and is "genuinely concerned about protecting the river".

Distillate deliveries are expected to be delayed since gasoline batches are being shipped on Line 1, Colonial said, boosting ULSD spreads. "As bad as any situation like this is, all you can really ask is that they be responsible and accountable and I certainly haven't found any fault in their response so far".

He said Colonial is rerouting some gasoline from the downed Line 1 to its distillate line, known as Line 2.

Drivers on the East Coast and in the Southeast could see a 10 cent or more jump in gasoline prices by this weekend, and possibly shortages at some gas stations, analysts said. States that could be directly impacted by tighter supplies and slightly higher prices include Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

As of noon on Friday, regular gas cost $2.09 per gallon at the QuikTrip station on Woodruff Road and $1.99 per gallon at the Spinx station on N. Pleasantburg Drive, according to

Reuters reported that Friday's spill was the largest on the Colonial line in 20 years.

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