A leak in the Colonial Pipeline has North Carolina officials and fuel retailers closely monitoring fuel supply levels after a shipment disruption.
Public Safety and Emergency Management officials met today to review fuel contingency plans should the situation escalate. Already fuel suppliers have been working with other providers to resupply fuel via the ports and other means. Officials reaffirm there's no need for panic.
“Our first priority is maintaining public safety. To that end, we are asking first responders to double check their vehicles to ensure they have adequate fuel supplies on hand to run their operations,” said Public Safety Secretary Frank L. Perry. “We’ve seen fuel disruptions like this before and want to reassure people that there’s no need for alarm at this time.”
The pipeline, which runs from Houston to New York and provides gasoline to the eastern part of the U.S., has been closed since Sept. 9. Reports say an estimated 250,000 gallons spilled in Shelby County, Alabama. The cause of the leak hasn't been determined.
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