by Ken Jorgustin, Modern Survival Blog:
The Colonial Pipeline runs from Texas to New York and supplies gasoline to an estimated 50 million people a day on the East Coast. On September 9, a 36-inch pipeline was shut down near Birmingham, Alabama where a major ‘leak’ was discovered.
The shutdown of Colonial Pipeline service to ‘Line 1’ which normally transports 1.3 million barrels of gasoline per day from refiners on the Gulf Coast to delivery locations in the Southeast and along the Eastern seaboard, may (likely) result in gasoline shortages.
The pipeline has been estimated to supply up to 40 percent of the gasoline on the east coast…
So far at least six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia and Alabama – are reportedly all facing possible shortages due to the pipeline shutdown.
The mainstream media has hardly reported on this (a probable coordinated effort to keep it ‘hush hush’). Will the developing situation result in noticeable gasoline shortages?
I have currently found reports of ‘spotty’ shortages and some stations have indeed run out of gas, however it seems logical that the shortages will worsen – given the apparent dependence upon this one pipeline for such a large percentage of gasoline for so many people.
There is only a limited amount of excess storage within the system, and if the supply isn’t restored soon, it’s going to become a very noticeable ‘problem’ to say the least…
Attempts are being made to ship gasoline by alternate routes and methods. Some gas is being pushed through an alternate pipeline at the expense of other fuels (now alternating between diesel, jet fuel, home heating oil, and gasoline). More gasoline is now being ‘trucked’, and gasoline is even being shipped by tanker ship from Houston to New York.
However apparently these methods will not make up for the lost volume from the shutdown of Colonial Pipeline ‘Line 1’.
Colonial Pipeline does not know how much its customers have in reserve or whether they can access alternate sources to keep gas pumps operating, however Colonial expects the worst of the gasoline shortages to be felt in Tennessee, Georgia, parts of Alabama and the Carolinas.
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