Colonial Pipeline: Volume of Gasoline on Line 1 to Decrease During Repairs

Colonial Pipeline Company System Map (  Colonial Pipeline)

Colonial Pipeline Company System Map (Colonial Pipeline)

Colonial Pipeline on Monday stated that shipping volumes on its Line 1 pipeline will decrease as the company works to restart the main line after it leaked nearly 6,000 barrels of gasoline in rural Alabama last month.

During repairs, the gasoline flow on the line will decrease by 20 percent over the next 10 days, according to the company.

Colonial Pipeline expects the line to be completely restarted by mid-November of this year.

The affected section of Line 1, which normally carries 1.3 million barrels a day of gasoline from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast, was shut down for more than 12 days after the leak on September 9. A bypass was quickly built in order to restart operations on the line while the company made repairs on the main line.

Once repairs are made on the main line, Colonial Pipeline must wait to receive the green light from PHMSA to restart operations.

As a part of its Corrective Action Order, PHMSA required Colonial Pipeline to submit a restart plan and must approve review and approve the plan before allowing the line to be reinstated.

A spokeswoman for PHMSA said the agency is working with Colonial Pipeline to address the requirements and cannot yet speculate on a date for restart.

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