Greenville, SC (Greenville News) Upstate drivers have noticed gas prices ticking up this week, sometimes by as much as 15 cents per gallon in a day. The potential culprit: a pipeline spill in Alabama that released 250,000 gallons of fuel.
The pipeline, operated by Colonial Pipeline, has been shut down since the spill occurred Sept. 9. On Wednesday, Gov. Nikki Haley (R-S.C.) issued an executive order to increase the number of fuel truck deliveries and mitigate possible impacts on the state's fuel supply. The order also declared a state of emergency limited to complying with other states of emergency declared by Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama and Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia. The pipeline cuts through the width of Alabama and Middle Georgia, but only takes a small swing through the Upstate before entering North Carolina.
According to GasBuddy.com, the average price of regular grade gas in South Carolina rose by four cents between Sept. 9, when the pipeline was shut down, and Friday, when some Upstate drivers felt a jolt at the pump. The cost hike at some Upstate gas stations exceeded the state average; at the 7-Eleven station on Easley Bridge Road, regular gas went from $1.79 per gallon on Wednesday evening to $1.94 on Friday morning.
South Carolina is among the states that could feel the affects of a "disruption in supply," a Colonial Pipeline spokesman told AL.com. The company did not immediately return a request for comment.