Colonial Pipeline, a company that transports petroleum products from Gulf Coast refineries, was forced to shut down one of its major lines after detecting a 6,000-barrel spill in Shelby County, Ala. on Sep. 9. Both Alabama and Georgia declared a state of emergency after the spill to allow truck drivers to take longer shifts and ensure the delivery of fuel.
The damaged pipeline, known as Line 1, transports about 1.3 million barrels of oil per day to states along the east coast, including North Carolina.
In a Tuesday press release, Colonial Pipeline said it had completed the construction and positioning of a bypass segment to go around the leak site. The bypass, which is 500 feet long, is currently being tested by the company to ensure it won’t leak or break.
Line 1 is expected to resume operations on Wednesday, but in the press release, Colonial Pipeline said the fuel delivery supply chain will take several days to return to normal.
Gov. Pat McCrory, who signed an executive order last week to ensure the state would receive sufficient fuel during the shortage, spoke at a press conference Tuesday after hearing the pipeline would restart.
McCrory said the state’s focus remains on providing first responders with sufficient fuel to perform their jobs.
“We’ve successfully weathered fuel shortages before and we will do it again,” he said. “Now is the time to pull together as a state and to conserve fuel when it’s possible.”
Gas station owner Arindam Dasgupta, who manages the BP station on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, said he had to turn away countless customers over the past few days.