Pipeline explosion may severely impact gas supply

This photo provided by the Alabama Forestry Commission shows a fire caused by an explosion along the Colonial Pipeline in Shelby County, Ala., Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Right now the two wildfires cause by the explosion have been contained at a total of 31 acres. Phil Montgomery / Alabama Forestry Commission via AP

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN/WSPA) – Speaking at the North Carolina Council of State, Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday’s Colonial Pipeline explosion could have severe effects on fuel supplies compared to what occurred in September.

On Monday afternoon, at least one person was killed and five were injured after a petroleum gas line exploded in Shelby County near Helena, Alabama.

The petroleum line that exploded is the same line that leaked in September, causing severe gas shortages in North Carolina and other southeastern states.

McCrory said the state is in ongoing communication with Colonial Pipeline about the possible impact.

“As you know…Colonial Pipeline has a tremendous impact on North Carolina’s fuel supply,” he said.

In a statement, SC Governor Nikki Haley’s office told consumers to continue to buy fuel as normal.

The statement said, “As state officials monitor fuel supply issues, the governor’s office has been in contact with Colonial Pipeline, and we will continue to keep the public informed. What’s important is that consumers continue to purchase fuel as they normally would.”

Gasoline price futures were up Monday evening by as much as 15 percent after the explosion, which burned itself out by 11 p.m., according to a report by Reuters.

The state is waiting to take action until there is more information, which McCrory said he hopes to have later Tuesday morning.

Colonial Pipeline says it has restarted one of its two main pipelines, but anticipates that its main gasoline line will remain down the rest of this week.

The company said it restarted its Line 2, which transports diesel, jet fuel and other products, around 11 a.m. Central Time Tuesday.

After the September leak, Colonial said it made up some of the gasoline shortfall by sending gas through the line that usually carries diesel and jet fuel. The company has not said whether it intends to do so again.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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