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Gasoline spikes in some states as pipeline outage nears end

A gas station pumps are closed due to gas shortage in Raleigh, N.C. on Sept. 20, 2016.
Photo: William Little

Colonial Pipeline is set to restart its troubled pipeline Wednesday night, raising the prospect that gas lines, fuel shortages and price spikes plaguing the Southeast may be nearing an end.

The pain at the pump could continue in some areas for several more days or even a week, as fuel travels across the system.

The pipeline, which sprang a leak in Alabama, carries gasoline from Texas to New Jersey.

"The Carolinas are ground zero at the moment. Georgia is starting to get some product," said Tom Kloza, head of global energy analysis at Oil Price Information Service. The entire service area for the pipeline has seen price hikes to some extent, but in places like New Jersey, the increases have been minimal — up just 3 cents on average over the last week compared with Georgia, where unleaded gasoline has surged almost 30 cents a gallon in just a few days.