RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A pipeline leak in Alabama has caused a temporary disruption in fuel supply shipments in North Carolina, officials said.
A leak in the Colonial Pipeline caused Gov. Pat McCrory to issue an executive order Thursday temporarily waiving hours of service restrictions for fuel vehicles traveling in and through the state.
“We are working with state and national officials to make sure North Carolina is not impacted by this leak,” said McCrory.
The move will help prevent disruptions and backups at major fuel distribution hubs, the Department of Public Safety said in a release.
Colonial Pipeline Co. doesn’t expect to fully reopen its primary gasoline pipeline, which has spilled more than 250,000 gallons near Birmingham, until next week.
“Our first priority is maintaining public safety. To that end, we are asking first responders to double check their vehicles to ensure they have adequate fuel supplies on hand to run their operations,” said Public Safety Secretary Frank L. Perry. “We’ve seen fuel disruptions like this before and want to reassure people that there’s no need for alarm at this time.”
Crews are working to repair the leak that surfaced last week on the pipeline. It provides fuel to North Carolina and other eastern states.
Sheetz is currently being affected by leak, the company said in a release.
“The primary issue is beyond our control and we do not know when this situation will be resolved. In the meantime, our Sheetz team is working diligently to locate fuel from other sources and our stores will remain open 24/7/365 to service our customers with everything we offer inside the stores,” said Tarah Arnold, Sheetz spokeswoman.
The Sheetz at 2408 Dixie Forest Road in Raleigh reported only having 93 grade fuel at 9 p.m. Friday.
Around a dozen Sheetz in the Triangle are affected by the disruption.
Colonial said that supply disruptions would be felt first in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.