Gas line explosion could have ‘tremendous’ impact on fuel supply, McCrory says

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Speaking at the North Carolina Council of State, Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday’s Colonial Pipeline explosion could have severe effects on fuel supplies compared to what occurred in September.

On Monday afternoon, at least one person was killed and five were injured after a petroleum gas line exploded in Shelby County near Helena, Alabama.

The petroleum line that exploded is the same line that leaked in September, causing severe gas shortages in North Carolina and other southeastern states.


McCrory said the state is in ongoing communication with Colonial Pipeline about the possible impact.

“As you know…Colonial Pipeline has a tremendous impact on North Carolina’s fuel supply,” he said.

McCrory said the impact could be worse than back in September.

“There is potential damage to both lines one and two. If it’s both, one and two, it will be more severe than what we had a couple of weeks ago,” he said.

Gasoline price futures were up Monday evening by as much as 15 percent after the explosion, which burned itself out by 11 p.m., according to a report by Reuters.

The state is waiting to take action until there is more information, which McCrory said he hoped to have later Tuesday morning.

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