RALEIGH-Drivers – you can breathe a little easier.
In a press release issued Tuesday morning, Colonial Pipeline said its completed a bypass for a problematic section of gas pipeline in the state of Alabama that has crimped fuel supplies throughout the southeastern United States for days.
“Colonial is in the process of executing a hydrostatic test of the segment, which is approximately 500 feet in length, to ensure its structural integrity,” according to the release.
If that test goes smoothly, the company said it plans to restart the flow of fuel on Wednesday.
In a press conference Tuesday morning, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory called the announcement great news but cautioned consumers that even after the line restarts, it will take several days for fuel supplies to return to normal.
How’d we get here?
According to Colonial Pipeline, on Friday, a mining inspector in Shelby County, Ala., detected a gasoline odor on mining property.
He alerted Colonial Pipeline, which operates two pipelines in the immediate vicinity. Both pipelines were shut down as a precaution and Colonial employees were dispatched for a visual survey of the site. Upon confirmation of a release, Colonial Pipeline mobilized a coordinated response effort with federal, state and local agencies as well as local emergency responders.
“Colonial Pipeline has more than 700 employees and partners on site working as safely and expeditiously as possible to repair the impacted segment of pipe and return to normal operations,” according to the release.
Reach Adam Orr at 336-489-3058.