250K Gallons of Gasoline Spilled. Gas Prices Could Rise.

Alabama and Georgia have declared a state of emergency due to a significant gasoline spill by Colonial Pipeline which sits close to the Cahaba River south of Birmingham.   The pipeline is a major artery for gasoline transportation to the East Coast from Houston.

Courtesy of Colonial Pipeline
Courtesy of Colonial Pipeline

The WSJ reports that gasoline prices could go up due to a potential significant gas shortage in the East.

Aerial photo of mine water retention ponds at the site of a gasoline spill in Alabama. PHOTO: COLONIAL PIPELINE.
Aerial photo of mine water retention ponds at the site of a gasoline spill in Alabama. PHOTO: COLONIAL PIPELINE.

Also – the EPA waived air quality standards compliance for 13 counties in Georgia and five in Tennessee to allow transportation of gasoline on Wednesday, continuing through midnight tonight.

What will implications be to the Cahaba River, to wildlife and to humans?  Stay tuned.

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