(WJZY) - Governor Pat McCrory announced Tuesday that Colonial Pipeline has completed construction and positioning of the bypass pipeline in Alabama, but it will still take several days for the fuel delivery supply chain to return to normal in North Carolina.
“I’m pleased to report that Colonial Pipeline has now completed construction and positioning of the bypass pipeline,” Governor McCrory said. “Colonial engineers are testing the pipeline today and upon successful completion, will prepare for a safe restart of the main fuel line. The company says the line should restart tomorrow, but it will take several days for fuel delivery to return to normal in North Carolina.”
Colonial Pipeline officials discovered a leak in the pipeline in Helena, Alabama where an estimated 252,000 gallons were spilled. As a result, North Carolina is currently receiving about one-third of the state’s normal supply of fuel.
“We’ve successfully weathered fuel shortages before and we will do it again,” Governor McCrory said. “Now is the time to pull together as a state and to conserve fuel when it’s possible. We look forward to returning to business as usual in the near future.”
Governor McCrory activated North Carolina’s State Emergency Response Team on Monday to coordinate with counties regarding fuel needs.
North Carolina's consumer protection watchdog is getting reports of potential gas price gouging as the state's gas stations report running low because of a leaking pipeline in Alabama.
Attorney General Roy Cooper on Monday urged North Carolina consumers to report gas prices that seem unreasonably high. Cooper spokeswoman Noelle Talley says investigators are checking reports of gas being sold at $5.89 a gallon and another offered at more than $4 a gallon.
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Talley says a station north of Winston-Salem advertised a price of $9.99 a gallon, but that was after it had run out of gas.
A North Carolina law makes it illegal to overly inflate prices for critical goods and services during the emergency or abnormal market disruption declared on Friday. Violators can be fined up to $5,000.
Report possible gas price gouging to the Attorney General’s Office by filing a consumer complaint at ncdoj.gov or calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within North Carolina.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.