After the leak, the company used one of Colonial's two main lines to move gasoline as it made repairs, but it still led to days of dry pumps and higher gas prices in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas while repairs were made.
A gas line explosion in Alabama on Monday could soon have a major impact on gasoline prices in SC, according to AAA Carolinas. That crew, officials said, was doing routine maintenance in connection with a gasoline leak on that same pipeline that caused gas price hikes and shortages at stations in several states in September.
The Colonial Pipeline Co.is optimistic about the process moving forward but says it can't fully assess the damage and begin repairs until the blaze is out.
The company says as much as 168,000 gallons of gasoline could have burned, spilled, evaporated or remained in the pipeline following the blast Monday afternoon. Gas prices along the Southeast Coast are expected to rise as officials had to shut down the pipeline that runs from Houston to NY. The machine struck the pipeline, touching off the explosion, he said.
Wright asked motorists across the area not to panic and to buy gas like they normally do.
The Colonial pipeline, which can carry 1.4 million barrels of gasoline per day from Texas and Louisiana refineries to customers in the USA northeast, is expected to be shut down until this weekend. The Colonial Pipeline runs from Houston, Texas, through the southeast and north, terminating in Linden, New Jersey, collecting gasoline and distillates from refineries in the Houston and Lake Charles, Louisiana, areas.
"This is like the aortic artery of your body", said McTeague, a former Liberal MP known as Canada's 'Gas Guru.' "Forty per cent of all the gasoline in the USA northeast and southeast comes through that Colonial Pipeline".
While a pipeline that supplies gasoline to millions of people has shut down, experts say if you rush to the gas station to fill up you'll only make the problem worse.
Colonial did not estimate a restart time as it grappled with the fire, which came weeks after it suffered its biggest gasoline spill in almost two decades on the same pipeline.
"We are just trying to go to work and enjoy life and sometimes this can be a bit burdensome", said Ivy Singletary who was filling up her auto.
Fogarty says he's seen gas prices slowly creeping up around his home since Monday's explosion. In and around the Raleigh area, CBS North Carolina crews have seen some gradual increase in the price of gasoline by several cents in a number of locations.