Many gas stations in the area are running short of fuel due to the pipeline leak in the Colonial Pipeline’s Line 1, an underground pipeline that pushes barrels of gasoline from refineries in Houston, Texas, to distribution centers across the southeastern states up towards New Jersey on a daily basis.
Over the weekend, consumers have been pouring into some gas stations to fill up the tank and some local stations in the area are out.
The Sheetz at 401 CC Camp Road in Elkin was completely out of all types of gas Monday afternoon, and clerks didn’t yet know when the next shipment would arrive.
Murphy Express at 491 CC Camp Road in Elkin only had regular and diesel although diesel was expected to be cut off soon.
Not all gas stations in the area have gone completely dry. Exxon at 1812 N.C. 67 in Jonesville and Speedway at 411 N. Bridge St. in Jonesville still had all three types of gas available.
The Speedway at 1200 N. Bridge St. in Elkin also had regular, premium, and 89 octane still available for consumers.
The North Carolina State Emergency Response Team has activated the Joint Information Center in response to the Colonial Pipeline leak in Alabama to provide coordinated information. Information is still being gathered and processed.
Colonial Pipeline gathers gasoline from the Gulf Coast and refiners this week are working to minimize supply disruptions and ship supplies in the distillate line to markets in need. The Colonial Pipeline system transports about 2.6 million barrels of refined products each day. Line one accounts for nearly half of the total volume. The impact of service interruption is being mitigated by Colonial shipping volumes of gasoline on line 2.
Workers are busy around the clock moving gasoline to the markets through pipelines, according to information from the company. Gasoline supplies are in delivery to terminal locations in Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and North Carolina, reported Colonial Monday afternoon.
For more infomration, visit ReadyNC.org or follow @NCEmergency on Twitter and Facebook. For those who wish to follow the Colonial Pipeline Response, visit its website at www.colpipe.com.
Troy Brooks may be reached at 336-258-4058.