Pipe­line leak may boost gas prices in the East, South­east

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

Mo­torists in the South­east and East could pay more for gaso­line in com­ing days be­cause of the shut­down of a leak­ing pipe­line in Alabama.

Ex­perts say, how­ever, that any spike in ser­vice-sta­tion prices should only be tem­po­rary.

Colo­nial Pipe­line Co. said Fri­day that it doesn’t ex­pect to fully re­open its pri­mary gaso­line pipe­line un­til next week.

It is one of two ma­jor pipe­lines that con­nect more than two dozen re­finer­ies in Texas and Louisiana with cities in the East, from At­lanta to New York. The Colo­nial pipe­line pro­vides nearly 40 per­cent of the re­gion’s gaso­line and usu­ally runs at or near full ca­pac­ity. Colo­nial said that sup­ply dis­rup­tions would be felt first in Ge­or­gia, Alabama, Ten­nessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Tom Kloza, an en­ergy an­a­lyst with the Oil Price In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice, said some sta­tions in the South­east could run short on sup­ply.

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