Pipe­line ready to re­open, car­ry­ing gaso­line to 5 states

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

Gaso­line should be­gin flow­ing again to­day — through a tem­po­rary by­pass on a crit­i­cal pipe­line — after a ma­jor leak in Alabama forced a shut­down that led to surg­ing fuel prices and scat­tered gas short­ages across the South, a com­pany of­fi­cial said Tues­day.

The roughly 500-foot sec­tion of pipe serv­ing as the by­pass is now com­plete, but sup­ply dis­rup­tions may con­tinue for days, Colo­nial Pipe­line spokesman Steve Baker told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

“When Line 1 restarts, it will take sev­eral days for the fuel de­liv­ery sup­ply chain to re­turn to nor­mal. As such, some mar­kets served by Colo­nial Pipe­line may ex­pe­ri­ence, or con­tinue to ex­pe­ri­ence, in­ter­mit­tent ser­vice in­ter­rup­tions. Colo­nial con­tin­ues to move as much gaso­line, diesel and jet fuel as pos­si­ble and will con­tinue to do so un­til mar­kets re­turn to nor­mal,” Colo­nial said in a state­ment.

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