RALEIGH, N.C. -- Governor Pat McCrory has activated the state’s Emergency Response Team due to the temporary fuel shortage.
The team will coordinate with counties regarding fuel needs as Colonial Pipeline continues to work the damaged line impacting many states.
On Monday, Gov. McCrory talked with state energy and emergency officials to discuss short-term conservation measures until fuel lines are completely restored.
State leaders say the state’s first priority is to make sure there’s adequate fuel for first responders and emergency officials.
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McCrory said he’s also asked state agencies to consider options to limit fuel use including curtailing non-essential travel for state employees.
Gov. McCrory said, “I continue to warn motorists to be on the lookout for price gouging.”
He also said, “We’re taking steps to protect consumers and ensure that fuel is continuing to flow into the state.”
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Timeline of Events
• September 9- Colonial Pipeline officials discovered a leak in the pipeline in Helena, Alabama. An estimated 6,000 to 8,000 barrels were spilled in a remote area of Shelby County.
• September 15- Governor McCrory issued an executive order temporarily waiving hours of service restrictions for fuel vehicles traveling in and through the state in order to help prevent disruptions and backups at major fuel distribution hubs.
• September 16- Governor McCrory issued a second executive order that waives additional trucking restrictions and protects consumers from price gouging at the fuel pumps. Both executive orders remain in place for 30 days or until they are canceled.
• September 17- Colonial Pipeline revealed that it would construct a bypass line around the leak site to restore completely restore Line 1 deliveries.
• September 18- Colonial Pipeline leaders tell North Carolina emergency officials that they expect to have the pipeline bypass built by mid to late week. Upon completion of the bypass, it will take several days for fuel flow levels to return to normal.
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