HIGH POINT, N.C. – The Triad felt the effects of the massive gas leak in Alabama this weekend.
The Sheetz station at Nathan Hunt Drive and South Main Street in High Point only had 93 premium and diesel as of Saturday afternoon, according to an employee.
An employee at another Sheetz station on Wendover in Greensboro said pumps were running dangerously low on Friday evening. There are also reports of the Sheetz on Alamance Road out of gas.
WFMY News 2 spotted a Sheetz tanker truck at the Sheetz located at Guilford College Road.
Sheetz has released the following statement about the outages:
"Sheetz is currently being impacted by the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, a primary source of gasoline for many retailers along the East coast of the United States. TheColonial Pipeline was shut down after the discovery of the leak in the line in Alabama. The pipeline continues to be down, impacting any gas retailer who relies on that source to replenish the fuel for their gas pumps."
"The primary issue is beyond our control and we do not know when this situation will be resolved. In the meantime, our Sheetz team is working diligently to locate fuel from other sources and our stores will remain open 24/7/365 to service our customers with everything we offer inside the stores."
Colonial Pipeline says two pipelines were shut down on September 9th in Shelby County, Alabama after an inspector smelled a gas odor. The company says most of the gas leaked is contained in a retention pond near the city of Helena, and there's no public safety concern. It's unclear when the spill actually happened.
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Gasoline prices are expected to increase with the leak. Analyst Greg Laskoski, says North Carolina has seen a nearly 2-cents per gallon increase in the last 24 hours. Colonial Pipeline says it will work through the weekend to repair the line.
North Carolina Public Safety and Emergency Management officials met on Friday to review fuel contingency plans in case the situation escalated. They're urging first responders to fuel up in the meantime.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has ordered Colonial Pipeline to take corrective action before the fuel starts following again.
The Colonial Pipeline serves 13 states including North Carolina.
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