Motorists not worried about gas shortage but about pipeline that runs through North Carolina

- For the second time, a Colonial Pipeline explodes in Alabama. Now, four days later Charlotte gas stations are feeling the pinch.

While some are concerned supplies could run short, Colonial Pipeline representative say they expect to have the line fixed by Sunday afternoon and the shortage should not be so severe.

"If they stick to their timeline, then hopefully we won't see a lot of those shortages. Now, we know those times are subject to change. That deadline can come and go. If that does happen we could experience some distribution challenges and we could see some shortages," AAA Spokesperson Tiffany Wright said.

For Charlotte motorists, they aren't worried about the shortage this time around. They told FOX 46 Charlotte they are wondering how safe the pipeline is, since it runs through parts of North Carolina.

"Pipelines run under the ground and can explode anywhere. I defiantly feel they need to be investigated. See what's going on," Jamarcus said.

"We understand people make mistakes and accidents happen but in this occurrence, when it happens more than once, it raises a red flag," Philip McClain said.

As previously reported by FOX 46 Charlotte, experts say motorists could soon begin seeing higher costs at gas pumps in some Southern states after a pipeline explosion in Alabama that supplies gasoline to millions of people. This is the second time in less than two months.

Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline said it shut down both of its main lines after Monday's blast, which killed a worker and injured several others. Both lines, which supply gasoline to millions of people across the South, remained closed Tuesday morning.

A previous shutdown of the same gas pipeline in September triggered North Carolina’s law against price gouging.

North Carolina’s anti-price gouging law was triggered again in October by Hurricane Matthew and remains in effect statewide.

The Attorney General’s Office is currently investigating businesses for possible price gouging related to Hurricane Matthew as well as for alleged gas price gouging due to problems with the gas pipeline in September.

You can report price gouging in the following ways:

Consumer Protection Division
Attorney General's Office
Mail Service Center 9001 
Raleigh, NC 27699-9001

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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