A deadly explosion in the Colonial Pipeline in Alabama is likely to affect supply and prices at gas stations in the Southeast. The explosion caused Colonial Pipeline to close a major gasoline and diesel line that pumps gas to Georgia, the Georgia AAA chapter reports.
Due to supply interruption, prices may increase or supply of fuel may be limited across the Southeast.
News reports say that the Colonial Pipeline has also shut down its mainlines in Shelby County, Ala., after reports of the explosion and fire on its right of way. Colonial personnel and emergency crews are responding. You can follow reports from the company at helena.colonialresponse.com.
What you can do:
Drivers in the affected areas in the Southeast should be proactive about fueling - purchase more frequently when there is the opportunity to ensure that vehicles are fueled for necessary travel.
Drivers can use Element's online fuel locator for gas station price information. Go to fuelfinder.elementfleet.com to search for stations near you. A date and time stamp of the last transaction is provided next to each station. This information can be used to determine if the station is processing fuel transactions, and at what price.