Shelby County gas pipeline repairs nearly complete, expected to restart Wednesday


Work crews are trying to repair a pipeline that has spilled more than 250,000 gallons of gasoline in a rural area near Birmingham. Colonial Pipeline says most of the gas is contained in a retention pond near the city of Helena, and there’s no public safety concern. (Photo: Colonial Pipeline, via

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HELENA, Ala. - A spokesperson with Colonial Pipeline said Tuesday that Line 1 repairs are nearly complete and the company aims to restart it on Wednesday.

Crews have been working since September 9 to fix the leak that dumped roughly 336,000 gallons of gasoline and impacted gas prices throughout the southeast.

Colonial Pipeline installed an approximately 500-foot long bypass at the site of the leak. Workers spent Tuesday testing it. Barring complications, the company aims to restart the pipeline on Wednesday.

A spokesperson said it will take time for life at the pump to improve, though.

When Line 1 restarts, it will 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.

Gas shortages and price increases have hit Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina the hardest. As for Alabama, fuel is up about 10 cents per gallon from last week and five cents in the last 24 hours.

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Courtesy: Colonial Pipeline
Courtesy: Colonial Pipeline


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