Pipeline explosion raising gas prices in Georgia, South Carolina

Pipeline explosion rises gas prices in the CSRA.
Pipeline explosion rises gas prices in the CSRA.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) –  National concerns sprung up about a gas shortage leading to increased prices at the pump after the Colonial Pipeline explosion in Alabama.  The Governor issued an executive order to help truck drivers carrying fuel get across the state fast.  As of yet, he has not issued one for price gouging.

Gerald Beck, with Colonial Pipeline, told media, “A contract crew was working on Colonial’s gasoline pipeline, what we call line number one, and they experienced an incident when a trackhoe they were using accidentally hit the pipeline and then the gasoline that was in that line ignited and caused a fire.”

The average price for a gallon of regular gas is up three cents a gallon in Georgia and nearly two cents a gallon in South Carolina. Price gouging comes from a gas shortage. But that shouldn’t be a problem in the Peach State. Governor Nathan Deal issued this executive order suspending the rules that limit truck drivers hauling fuel across the state to certain number of hours.

Alabama’s Governor said work is being done on the pipeline now. It runs from refineries in Houston to terminals in New Jersey.

“I’m told that what will have to happen is that we will have to let the fuel burn,” Gov. Robert Bentley said.

Gas Buddy shows the average price of gas in both Georgia and the CSRA is rising, with the cost being around $2.12 in the Augusta area.

Beck added, “…over the next day or two that we can get in and really what needs to be done and we can affect the repair.”

If you need to report price gauging, contact the state’s Consumer Protection line at 404-651-8600.

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