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According to multiple media reports, Colonial Pipeline says it will be finishing the construction of a temporary pipeline that will bypass a leaking section of its main gasoline pipeline in Shelby County. The company is hoping to have the temporary pipeline on line this week.
Colonial has acknowledged that up to 336,000 gallons of gasoline has leaked near Helena, Alabama since the spill was discovered on September 9th.
The Colonial Pipeline story has made national news, because of the drastic increase in the price of gasoline and in some cases gas shortages around the Southeast. Petroleum analyst Patrick Dehaan at Gasbuddy warned today on the CBS Evening News that states in the South should brace for a potential 20 to 40 cent price increase in a gallon of gasoline.
Along with the economic hardship caused by the pipeline disruption, various government entities ranging from EPA, ADEM and the local and state Emergency management agencies are working closely with Colonial to evaluate, mitigate and remediate the spill. Together, the multiple agencies have set up a webpage on EPA’s On-Scene Coordinator website to help provide the public with the most up to date information on this environmental accident.
Below, check out the EPA website for daily updates and the national and local media coverage of the story.