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US pipeline leaks 250,000-gallons of gasoline in Alabama nature reserve

19 September 2016

Some 250,000 to 336,000 gallons of gasoline have leaked into a Shelby County wildlife management area near Helena, Alabama. Colonial Pipeline Co. has taken its pipeline offline while it carries out repairs and remediates environmental damage. The company said on September 16 that the pipeline would not reopen until next week.

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The leaking pipeline is one of two that connect more than two dozen refineries in Texas and Louisiana with cities in the East, from Atlanta to New York. The Colonial pipeline provides nearly 40% of the region's gasoline and usually runs at or near full capacity, so its closure is expected to cause a temporary shortage.

The governors of Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina have declared states of emergency waiving hourly limits on fuel truck drivers in an effort to avoid disruptions and price hikes.

Colonial said most of the leaked gasoline was corralled in a retention pond and that there was no threat to the public safety.

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