ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) – Problems at the pump continue in the Upstate. Several gas stations are running low on fuel and prices have spiked after the pipeline oil spill in Alabama.
Between temporary paper signs and plastic bags over pumps, some Upstate drivers are bouncing around gas stations Sunday to find a place to refuel.
“I was kind of concerned at first because I have a 40 minute commute to work and wasn’t sure I would have enough to make it back and forth or if there would be any gas,” said Felicia Cunningham about her thoughts when she first heard of the pipeline spill. “Panic was pretty high and [with people] filling their tanks and topping off their tanks, it will become a shorter supply.”
Companies like Ingles have released statements to customers to warn them of interruptions of fuel supply. On their Face book page, the company wrote the following statement.
“You may have read or heard about the leak in the Colonial Pipeline that transports gasoline from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast. This has seriously affected the availability of fuel to supply Ingles fuel centers as well as other retailers and gas stations throughout our region. We ask for your patience and understanding and we, like you, hope that the situation will be corrected within the week. RECOMMENDATIONS: we are trying to have price signs removed or signs put up at pumps if the fuel station is temporarily out of gas. If you are not sure if your gas station has gas please call before driving there!
State officials are also warning drivers to keep an eye out for price gouging. For information on how to report price gouging and prevent yourself from becoming a victim, click here: www.consumer.sc.gov
According to AP reports, Colonial Pipeline says it is beginning construction of a temporary pipeline that will bypass a leaking section of its main gasoline pipeline in Shelby County, Alabama.
According to AL.com , Colonial gave no timetable Saturday as to when that bypass line would be completed or what path it would take, according to
Fuel supplies in at least five states – Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas – were threatened by the spill, and the U.S. Department of Transportation ordered the company responsible to take corrective action before the fuel starts flowing again.
The company has acknowledged that between 252,000 gallons and 336,000 gallons of gasoline leaked from a pipeline near Helena, Alabama, since the spill was first detected Sept. 9. It’s unclear when the spill actually started.
Some southeastern officials have asked drivers not to panic and to use normal fuel habits.
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