PHMSA Grants Conditional Approval to Restart Colonial Pipeline Line 1

With PHMSA’s conditional permission, Colonial Pipeline Company restarted its Line 1 on Wednesday upon completion of a bypass built as a temporary measure to restore service after the line leaked between 6,000 and 8,000 barrels of gasoline in Shelby County, Alabama on September 9.

Southern regional director for PHMSA’s Office of Public Safety James Urisko issued the approval on September 20, which allowed Colonial Pipeline to restart its line using the built bypass while the company develops a restart plan issued by PHMSA last Friday.

“Following construction and positioning of the 500-foot bypass segment of pipeline around the leak site yesterday, Colonial Pipeline performed a successful hydrostatic test to confirm its structural integrity and completed the connection/“tie-in” of the bypass segment to the main line (Line 1) this morning,” the company reported on its response website on Wednesday.

“Subsequent to restart, it is expected to take several days for the fuel delivery supply chain to return to normal.  Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions. Colonial continues to move as much gasoline, diesel and jet fuel as possible and will continue to do so as markets return to normal,” Colonial added.

Investigations on the cause of the leak are ongoing.

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