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Alpharetta-based Colonial Pipeline Company business development manager Dan Gardner speaks to legislators on the petroleum pipeline study committee.
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A business development manager for the Alpharetta-based Colonial Pipeline Company told a Georgia legislative committee Thursday it continues to consider expansion following two incidents that spilled gas in a rural parts of Alabama.

“Demand for our services exceed supply. We’ve been full for going on 5 years now. We’re constantly looking at ways to expand.” said Don Gardner. “Shippers certainly want us to and we try to.”

At a Chevron gas station in Midtown Atlanta, gas prices were $2.69 on Thursday, a few days after the Alpharetta-based Colonial Pipeline explosion.
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It will take a little longer than first predicted for repairs to be finished on the gasoline pipeline that supplies the Atlanta area.

In an update on its website, Alpharetta-based Colonial Pipeline Company said it now expects repairs to be completed Sunday afternoon. The pipeline has been shut down since an explosion in Alabama earlier this week, in which one worker was killed and four were injured.

But most drivers in metro Atlanta are not racing to gas stations to fill up their tanks just yet.

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The Colonial Pipeline, which has been shut down for the second time this fall, is one of a number of aging pipelines in the U.S.

 

Parts of it are now 50 years old, which is about the average age for pipelines in the U.S., said Carl Weimer with the nonprofit Pipeline Safety Trust.

 

"There's about 200,000 miles of these types of hazardous liquid pipelines and a lot of them went in in the 50s and 60s,” said Weimer.

 

A flame continues to burn after a Monday explosion of a Colonial Pipeline, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, in Helena, Ala.
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A fire sparked by a huge explosion on a major gasoline pipeline continued burning Wednesday two days after the fatal blast as congressional Democrats sought an investigation of the Georgia-based operator.

Colonial Pipeline Co. said the fire in a rural area southwest of Birmingham, Alabama, was "significantly smaller" since Monday, and an environmentalist said the blaze had shrunk considerably from when it was shooting flames hundreds of feet in the air like a geyser of fire.

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A fog of smoke covers the trees near an explosion of a Colonial Pipeline, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, in Helena, Ala.
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The Colonial Pipeline will be shut down through the end of the week, following an explosion that killed one person and injured several others in Alabama on Monday.

This is the second issue with the pipeline in the last few months: it was shut down after it leaked hundreds of thousands of gallons of gasoline in September. That led to gas prices going up and shortages at some Atlanta gas stations.

Contractors were working on a project related to repairs from the earlier leak when this latest accident happened. A machine called a trackhoe hit the pipeline, rupturing it.

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Light from a light pole shows a house near a plume of smoke from a Colonial Pipeline explosion, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in Helena, Ala.
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Colonial Pipeline had another explosion in Alabama, in roughly the same spot where a leak occurred in September. That leak caused gas price hikes in numerous areas, including metro Atlanta.

Officials with the Alpharetta-based business say this explosion happened when an excavating truck struck the line.

Lines 1 and 2 are shut down now. Analysts at AAA say the longer these lines are down, the higher the impact on supply and prices.    

Gasoline drips from a nozzle at gas station Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, in Lake Oswego, Ore
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Gasoline is flowing around the major pipeline leak in Alabama, thanks to a bypass put in place on Wednesday.

Despite that, officials with the Alpharetta-based Colonial Pipeline say it will still take a few days for fuel supplies to return to normal levels.

That includes stations in Metro Atlanta, where the average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded gas is now $2.51.

"That was the same as yesterday. So for the first time in about a week, we didn't see an increase," said AAA spokesman Garrett Townsend.

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Georgians have seen firsthand the results of a 330,000-gallon gasoline spill that shut down an Alabama pipeline. Prices have soared as the spill’s resulting gas shortage has left commuters and stations wanting for fuel.

While wallets may be hurting, some strategy and the help of a free app can prevent drivers’ commutes from being halted.

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Crews have completed a 500-foot-long pipe section that will as a bypass around the broken gasoline pipeline that has caused havoc for commuters along the East Coast.

Officials at Alpharetta-based Colonial Pipeline Co. say gas should be flowing again Wednesday. 

The bypass around one of its leaky pipelines has been tested and approved.

The major leak that was discovered earlier this month in Alabama led to spotty outages at stations and higher prices overall. 

Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

In Alabama, the clean-up near the Cahaba River south of Birmingham continues, following the pipeline leak that lead to Atlanta’s gas shortage.

The effects on the environmentally-sensitive area could have been worse, said David Butler, riverkeeper of the Cahaba Riverkeeper organization. Most of the hundreds of thousands of gallons of gasoline went into a man-made retention pond near a strip mine, he said, and none has been detected in the river itself.

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Colonial Pipeline officials say they've now finished building a bypass segment around the rupture that broke earlier this month.

Hydrostatic tests are underway on the 500-foot segment to make sure it's strong enough.

If it is, a restart could take place tomorrow.

It will still take a few days for the fuel supply to return to normal, and that means prices will still remain higher than usual.

"We know that gas prices generally go down at a slower pace than going up. We don't think that this situation will be any different," said AAA spokesman Garrett Townsend.

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