Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Governor Pat McCrory: Pipeline repaired, gas shortage nearing endGovernor Pat McCrory: Pipeline repaired, gas shortage nearing end

Fortunately for me, I'm retired so I no longer have a long commute every day, and my Toyota Yaris gets more than 36mpg. Also I try to drive in a way to not waste gas.

A main gas line is expected to restart Wednesday with a temporary bypass after a leak and spill in Alabama led to surging fuel prices and some gas shortages across North Carolina and other southern states, a company official said Tuesday.

The roughly 500-foot section of pipe that will serve as the bypass is now complete, and the company expects that will allow it to restart the main gasoline line, Colonial Pipeline spokesman Steve Baker told The Associated Press.

"Tomorrow's restart of the main gasoline line is a key milestone," Baker said. "However, it will take a few days for the fuel supply chain to fully recover."

He said he expected the shortage to only last 2-3 more days and asked North Carolina residents to avoid the temptation to constantly top off their tanks - as that only makes the problem worse. [Good luck with that in our self-centered, short-term oriented culture.]

The pipeline bypass was needed to move fuel around the leak of its main gasoline pipeline in Shelby County, Alabama. The leak, which spilled between 252,000 gallons and 336,000 gallons of gasoline into a detention pond, was detected Sept. 9.

In addition to shortages, the leak has led to higher prices at the pumps in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.

On Tuesday, gas prices continued to climb in several southern states, the auto club AAA reported.


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