Alabama Gov. Bentley praises Colonial Pipeline’s response


BIRMINGHAM, Al (AP) — Governor Robert Bentley toured Colonial Pipeline’s emergency response center, located in a luxury resort hotel about 12 miles from the pipeline breach, and spent much of a news conference praising the company’s response.

The pipeline leak in Alabama has led to gas shortages across the South.

Bentley says Monday gas prices in parts of the state rose 20 cents over the weekend, but the governor says he didn’t consider that price gouging.

He says it changes that much sometimes overnight.

The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says in a preliminary report the failure of the Colonial Pipeline in Alabama left about 6,000 barrels of gasoline in a pond near Helena, Alabama.

The agency says state workers noticed a strong gasoline odor, along with dead vegetation nearby, on Sept. 9. Three raccoons and a rabbit were later found dead.

Environmentalist David Butler says no fuel made it into the nearby Cahaba River. Butler has been to the spill site and is monitoring the response.

He says, “We averted a disaster this time.”

Harmful and highly flammable chemicals in the air prevented firefighters, company officials and anyone else from being near the site for more than three days.

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