Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Governor Nikki Haley says there’s no need to panic over South Carolina's gas supply following a pipeline spill in Alabama.
“Living, sleeping, eating that pipeline and gas situation,” the governor explained.
She said she is comfortable with where the situation is and does not see the need to issue a state of emergency over the situation.
She says she has been in constant communication with officials of the pipeline company and the state’s suppliers.
“The fuel that’s supposed to come in is coming in on a regular basis like it always has. The panic that is coming in is not helping the situation because that causes them to sell gas at a faster pace then they would normally sell it, so what we ask people is that you gas up just as normal keep things regular,” Haley pleaded. “If it is out, it’s just a delay.”
Haley said there are some shortages in the Lancaster and Fort Mill areas with North Carolinians crossing the border to purchase fuel.
She says she has eight inspectors checking for shortages and prices.
“We’re not seeing any price gouging at this point,” Haley said. “Because they’re having to do this bypass, transportation is having to come in a different way, so you we will see up to a 30 cent increase on some of those.”
Colonial Pipeline of Alabama officials say its bypass repair is complete and it expects to restart its main gasoline line Wednesday.
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