Backup gas line complete, main line to restart Wednesday, company confirms


ATLANTA, Ga — 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.

Colonial Pipeline says the main gasoline line is expected to restart Wednesday.

The company spokesman Steve Baker says testing is now being done on the line.

Baker says 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.

The 500-foot 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.

At the Eagle Convenience Store off of Interstate-85 in Opelika, owner John Horn said the station has not run out of gas since the pipeline sprung a leak. Horn said there were times where they thought they might run out, but it never happened. Horn said things will be business as usual and they will take it day by day.

“I think after a couple of weeks, the supply will be replenished,” Horn said. “I think everything will be back to normal within a week to 10 days would be my guess. That’s obviously not an expert opinion. From being in this business, I think it’ll be all good in eight to 10 days.”

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