Pipeline leak in Alabama may cause surge in gas prices in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Gas prices in Virginia could rise as much as 15 cents after a pipeline leak in Alabama has spilled about 250,000 gallons of gasoline.

The Colonial Pipeline runs from Houston to New York and supplies fuel to an estimated 50 million people on the East Coast every day, according to the supplier company.

 

Colonial Pipeline begins in Houston, Texas and ends in Linden, New Jersey, traversing 11 other states along the way. Our system includes 5,500 miles of pipe, services 7 airports directly and provides fuel to multiple Department of Defense installations each day. Colonial has 15 storage tank locations strategically positioned along the pipeline to serve our customer’s needs and connect to more than 260 terminals. (Source: Colonial Pipeline)
Colonial Pipeline begins in Houston, Texas and ends in Linden, New Jersey, traversing 11 other states along the way. Our system includes 5,500 miles of pipe, services 7 airports directly and provides fuel to multiple Department of Defense installations each day. Colonial has 15 storage tank locations strategically positioned along the pipeline to serve our customer’s needs and connect to more than 260 terminals. (Source: Colonial Pipeline)

The operator of the pipeline says full service won’t be restored until at least next week. The company says the cause of the leak has not been determined.

In the meantime, Colonial Pipeline is putting a temporary pipeline to bypass the section of the line that is damaged.

Gov. McAuliffe issued an executive order waiving certain state and federal regulations that limit the number of hours fuel carrier drivers can drive per week.

Gas prices haven’t moved much, but the leak could make prices spike in Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and North Carolina. States in the Northeast will be the last affected, so they should not see a major rise in prices, said gas price analyst Patrick DeHaan.

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