ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Gasoline prices are going up in metro Atlanta and the rest of Georgia. And prices may keep going up until sometime next week.
It's all because of that break in the pipeline that provides most of metro Atlanta's gasoline supplies from the Gulf of Mexico.
At this point it looks like it will be a week before the break in the pipeline is repaired.
From the headquarters of Colonial Pipeline, in Alpharetta, Ga., we’re receiving updates on the progress of the repairs to the pipeline that delivers gasoline to metro Atlanta and onward to Georgia and much of the rest of the southeast.
It’s now been one week since Colonial Pipeline discovered the break in that gasoline pipeline in Alabama.
The broken pipeline is one of two lines that Colonial uses to deliver petroleum products to the southeastern U.S.
Just since Tuesday in metro Atlanta, average gas prices have gone up 13 cents a gallon.
#GasPrices may rise 5-15c in GA, NC, TN, VA and 10-20c in SC over the next week due to supply/pipeline outage. Some stations may run out.— Patrick DeHaan (@GasBuddyGuy) September 15, 2016
It's not that supplies are endangered but Colonial does expect supplies to be disrupted for a few more days while crews repair the line-break.
According to Colonial, work on broken Line 1 “will continue throughout the weekend, with Line 1 projected to restart next week.”
And repairs to Line 1 include “construction of a temporary segment of pipeline around the leak site to allow Line 1 to return to service as rapidly and safely as possible.”
Also, Colonial is converting its other line, Line 2, to deliver gasoline immediately instead of other petroleum products.
Governor Nathan Deal has also declared a state of emergency to permit fuel truck drivers in Georgia to work overtime, temporarily - delivering gasoline to gas stations.
All of that is to minimize disruptions in supply and possibly hold down price increases until the gasoline pipeline is repaired - possibly in the next week.
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