Com­pany: Blast-da­m­aged gaso­line line back in ser­vice

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

HE­LENA, ALA. >> A gas pipe­line that ex­ploded in Alabama last week is back in ser­vice, the pipe­line com­pany said Sunday.

Ser­vice was restarted at 5:45 a.m. Sunday on the pipe­line that trans­ports gaso­line from the Gulf Coast to New York City, ac­cord­ing to Colo­nial Pipe­line Co.

The pipe­line ex­ploded Mon­day while a crew was mak­ing re­pairs re­lated to a Septem­ber gas spill, killing one per­son and in­jur­ing four oth­ers. It may take sev­eral days for the fuel de­liv­ery sup­ply chain to re­turn to nor­mal after the ser­vice restora­tion, the com­pany said.

Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and Colo­nial Pipe­line have said a piece of ex­ca­va­tion equip­ment hit the pipe­line, caus­ing the ex­plo­sion, but fur­ther de­tails haven’t been re­leased. An­thony Lee Willing­ham, 48, of He­flin, Alabama, died in the blast. Four other peo­ple were in­jured and re­mained hos­pi­tal­ized.

Colo­nial said it be­gan ex­ca­vat­ing Wed­nes­day night at the site, lo­cated about 25 miles south­west of Birm­ing­ham, Alabama.

The Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pipe­line rup­ture, con­duct­ing in­ter­views, doc­u­ment­ing the site and sur­round­ing area and col­lect­ing phys­i­cal ev­i­dence, the agency said in a news re­lease. The in­ves­ti­ga­tors also plan to travel to Colo­nial’s of­fice in Al­pharetta, Ge­or­gia, to speak to op­er­a­tions and en­gi­neer­ing staff, review con­trol room op­er­a­tions and col­lect data and doc­u­ments.

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