Gas Pipeline Expected to Restart Wednesday, Should Help Supply

The damaged pipeline that led to gas shortages in the southeast has been repaired.

(AP) - The pipeline company working to repair a leak that led to gas shortages and higher prices for drivers across the South says its bypass repair is complete and it expects to restart its main gasoline line Wednesday.

Colonial Pipeline spokesman Steve Baker tells The Associated Press that testing is now being done on the line.

Baker said crews have been working around the clock to get fuel to markets, and that it will take a few days for the fuel supply chain to fully recover after the line restarts.

Previous Coverage: Midlands Affected by Gas Pipeline Break

The 500-foot  (152- meter)bypass was needed to move fuel around the leak of its main gasoline pipeline in Shelby County, Alabama. The leak, which spilled 6,000 barrels of gasoline into a detention pond, was detected Sept. 9.

There have been several stations in the Midlands that ran out of gas in the Midlands, and some stores have raised prices. Officials, though, say there's no big drop in supply and consumers shouldn't panic. 


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