Alabama pipeline leak may cause local gas prices to rise

Alabama pipeline leak may cause local gas prices to rise

PORT WENTWORTH, GA (WTOC) - Our pockets may feel the effects at the gas pumps after a huge gas pipeline leak in Alabama.

On Thursday, more than 250,000 gallons of gas spilled near Birmingham, which has placed both Alabama and Georgia under states of emergency.

While it should only be temporary, southern states like Georgia and even south Carolina may have to pay more at the pumps as a result.

The pipeline that is currently shut down is the pipeline that supplies much of the east coast. This is why we're likely to see a temporary increase in gas prices.

As of Friday afternoon, the state's average in Georgia is $2.13 which AAA says is up 3 cents from Thursday.

AAA says we do have a healthy supply of crude oil and gas and that the pipeline is the easiest way to deliver the gas. They are remaining hopeful that the increase will only be temporary.

"The generally resume operations and restore them as quickly as possible, so we don't anticipate any outages where motorist won't be able to find gasoline.
We think really this is just going to be sort of a blip on the radar screen and everything will go back to normal operations soon," said Garrett Townsend, GA Public Affairs Director, AAA.

Colonial Pipeline doesn't expect to fully reopen its primary gasoline pipeline until next week and the prices should level back out.

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