RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – The Colonial Pipeline has completed construction and positioning of a bypass pipeline in Alabama and will restart the pipeline Wednesday, according to a release from the company.
Governor Pat McCrory said it will still take several days for North Carolina fuel delivery to return to normal.
“Colonial engineers are testing the pipeline today and upon successful completion, will prepare for a safe restart of the main fuel line,” McCrory said. “The company says the line should restart tomorrow, but it will take several days for fuel delivery to return to normal in North Carolina.”
Colonial Pipeline officials discovered a leak in the pipeline in Helena, Alabama, where an estimated 252,000 gallons were spilled. As a result, North Carolina is currently receiving about one-third of the state’s normal supply of fuel. After the leak, Colonial Pipeline started constructing the bypass line around the leak site and announced Tuesday the bypass line was completed.
The governor said in a news release his primary focus is to ensure responders have sufficient fuel to do their jobs, and although several counties have been reporting intermittent fuel outages or low supplies, many of the outages are due to people topping off their tanks and extra fill ups.
“We’ve successfully weathered fuel shortages before and we will do it again,” Governor McCrory said. “Now is the time to pull together as a state and to conserve fuel when it’s possible. We look forward to returning to business as usual in the near future.”