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Old 09-16-2016, 04:57 PM   #1
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Default Pipeline rupture in Alabama threatens fuel shortages across eastern US

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An interstate gasoline pipeline has ruptured in central Alabama, spilling a quarter of a million gallons of fuel in an ecologically sensitive area and threatening fuel shortages across the eastern US. So far governors in Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina have declared states of emergency.
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Old 09-16-2016, 05:45 PM   #2
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I'm off to fill the cars up. They supply all our fuels

The line runs from Houston to the New York harbor, and experts say the line’s owner, Colonial Pipeline, was extraordinarily lucky: the spill happened 500ft from the retention pond for a mining company, and all the fuel flowed into it
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we'll be off tomorrow to do the same and to fill all the gas containers we have that need filled
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TN hasn't declared an emergency yet. But the governor did sign an executive order waiving the limits on how many hours fuel tank drivers can drive before a mandatory rest period.

Everyone should be a bit cautious when driving on the highway. There's going to be a LOT of tired truck drivers running as fast as they can. It won't take much for some serious accidents to happen.
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TN hasn't declared an emergency yet. But the governor did sign an executive order waiving the limits on how many hours fuel tank drivers can drive before a mandatory rest period.

Everyone should be a bit cautious when driving on the highway. There's going to be a LOT of tired truck drivers running as fast as they can. It won't take much for some serious accidents to happen.
Safety regs shouldn't be waived, that will cost abuse of workers because the bosses can, and more accidents which will be blamed on workers.
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Old 09-17-2016, 09:16 PM   #7
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And the pipeline company wonders why a lot of us in Iowa don't want one to go through here.
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And the pipeline company wonders why a lot of us in Iowa don't want one to go through here.
There is a huge pipeline doing it's best to come thru here, also. If they manage to gain a permit to build, it will be less than half a mile from our house. Naturally, we are very much against it. It will cost the earth to build and it has a short estimated life expectancy. It will of course make a mint of money for the owners during that short life. From then on it will be an ugly scar on the face of the earth and seriously impact the value of thousands of property owners along the proposed route. No, no, no. We don't want it and the financial backers can go take a flying leap off a mountain top somewhere. We will provide instructions for how to get to a usable mountain for any who need such info.
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Old 09-19-2016, 10:08 AM   #9
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NC price gouging law in effect after gas pipeline break leads to shortages, outages

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN/AP) – The North Carolina price gouging law is now in place as gas prices statewide are expected to rise anywhere between five and 20 cents over the coming days.
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So far as the local gas prices in my part of Florida are concerned they've actually gone down a few cents. I'm told that much of peninsular Florida receives its refined petroleum via barge delivery so it may be the pipeline break will not affect us as much.
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Gas Shortages, Price Spikes Seen Across The South Following Pipeline Spill

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A motorist who found an Atlanta gas station had run out of fuel
calls a nearby gas station Monday to see if they have any left. Gas
prices spiked and drivers found "out of service" bags covering pumps
as the gas shortage in the South rolled into the work week, raising
fears that the disruptions could become more widespread.
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After a 330,000-gallon spill shut down a gasoline pipeline in Alabama Sept. 9, fuel shortages and high gas prices are occurring across the southern United States this week, NPR member stations report.

Emily Siner of Nashville's WPLN tells NPR's Newscast that prices there have risen about 20 cents per gallon since Thursday, and officials are urging drivers not to fill up unless they need to.
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Colonial Pipeline has a very large tank farm in Greensboro. I believe there are other tank farms along the pipeline as well, so there are mechanisms in place to forestall a major shortage.
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Colonial Pipeline has a very large tank farm in Greensboro. I believe there are other tank farms along the pipeline as well, so there are mechanisms in place to forestall a major shortage.
There's also a large tank farm near Atlanta. A secondary pipeline from there feeds back into TN. There's a distribution point in Chattanooga and a couple of other places.

Colonial also uses some tanker ships to move fuel to the NE sector. But, depending on how much of the pipeline is shut down, it's going to take tanker trucks to move the fuel to distribution points which is why Gov. Haslam waived the restrictions on driving hours for truck drivers.

Tanker trucks are inherently more dangerous than most other types of trailers. Not only because of their cargo, but also because the liquid inside the tanks can easily shift and cause the tanker to flip onto it's side. There are baffles built into tanker trailers to prevent this but it still happens, especially if a truck driver is going too fast around a curve.


Like I said earlier, be extra careful on the highways.
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It looks as though all drivers in the eastern part of the country need to keep their gas tanks topped off. I just heard from a friend down south who's husband is in the circle of government there said that they have to build a pipeline around the break and no one can say how long that will take.
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I haven't looked for additional articles about this yet, but this was in my news feed:

Colonial Pipeline says bypass repair for Shelby County, Ala., leak is complete, main gasoline line expected to restart Wednesday - AP
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I hope that's right Catbird. I havent' seen any news on it. I did google it and it appears it was a statement made by the company a couple of hours ago.
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