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Colonial to restart critical pipeline as gas prices spike and shortages emerge

Cars lined up to get gas at a Costco in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Sept. 19, 2016.
Source: William Little

Colonial Pipeline said Tuesday it expects to restore service to its leaking pipeline Wednesday, which would bring some much needed fuel to the Southeast, where gas prices have been spiking.

Colonial's Line 1, which takes fuel from Gulf Coast refineries across the South and up to the mid-Atlantic region, has been down since Sept. 9 when a leak was discovered in Alabama.

The company said it plans to test a 500-foot bypass section, and if it is ready for operation, it anticipates it will be connected to Line 1 and operating Wednesday. Colonial said it should take several days for the fuel delivery supply chain to return to normal.

"As such, some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions. Colonial continues to move as much gasoline, diesel and jet fuel as possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal," the company said.