Mike Timmermann, clarkhoward.com
A gas pipeline spill in Alabama is affecting fuel supplies in a handful of states, which is leading to higher prices and isolated gas shortages.
Pipeline spill leads to gas price hike, fuel shortages
WSB-TV in Atlanta reported on Monday that some drivers who went to fill up their gas tanks for the work-week found bags around the pumps, and there were long lines at stations that did have gas.
In Georgia, AAA said gas prices have gone up an average of 20 cents a gallon in a week, rising to $2.31 by Monday. The lowest price in Midtown Atlanta was $2.59, according to GasBuddy.com.
On Monday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order that prohibits price gouging.
And despite a picture that went viral over the weekend, WSB-TV has confirmed that gas isn’t selling for $9.99 a gallon anywhere in the state.
The listed price defaults to $9.99 – or it’s removed – when no gas is available.
The pipeline spill is threatening gas supplies in at least five states: Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Colonial Pipeline has started construction of a temporary pipeline that will bypass a leaking section of the main gasoline pipeline, but there’s no word when it will be completed.
In the meantime, AAA says there’s no reason to panic or rush out to buy gas, which may result in more spotty outages. The group says prices should fall back to normal when the fuel starts flowing again.