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A gas spill in rural Alabama has led to a spike in fuel prices


A leak in the Colonial Pipeline gas line in a remote part of Alabama has led to a spike in fuel prices in the Southeast. Gas prices in six states jumped up along with a state of emergency being declared in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Almost 336,000 gallons of refined gas leaked out of the pipe and seeped into two nearby man-made ponds. Around the clock efforts to mend the leak saw the construction of a 500-foot section of the pipe as a temporary bypass.

The main gasoline line will soon be repaired and be back up but it will take a few days for things to go back to normal.

State Workers discovered the leak on Sept. 9 when they noticed dead vegetation, a strong odor and a sheen over one of the ponds. The spill, thankfully, missed the nearby river.

Some gas stations had run out, according to trickling reports.

Colonial Pipelines said it had bought in more gas to ship through the affected region and governors across these states have suspended limitations on trucking hours so more drivers can bring in the gas.

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A gas spill in rural Alabama has led to a spike in fuel prices

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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