The price at the gasoline pump ticked higher in parts of the U.S. southeast on Friday as a key U.S. gasoline pipeline remained offline following a fatal explosion, but most of the country should feel little impact, analysts say.
In fact, many motorists should see gas prices fall as seasonal factors kick in.
Colonial Pipeline continued to repair a gasoline line that runs from Texas, through the South and up the East Coast following a blast in Shelby County, Alabama, that killed one worker and injured several other. On Friday, Colonial pushed back the start up day from Saturday to Sunday afternoon.
Still, the effects will be relatively muted compared with the impact of a leak on the same line that stopped the flow of gasoline for more than a week two months ago. That incident sent prices soaring by 20 to 30 cents a gallon in some parts of the country.
"It's a short-lived spike. It's not nearly as severe as it was when the pipeline leaked back in September," said Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.