BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A gas shortage could be merely days away for much of the United States after a pipeline that supplies gasoline for 50 million Americans exploded.
The Colonial Pipeline caught fire Monday afternoon in Shelby County, Ala., after a trackhoe hit the pipeline, causing a spark and an explosion. One member of the pipeline crew was killed while five others were injured.
The pipeline runs from Texas to New Jersey and is a primary source of gas for much of the Southeast and East Coast. When the same pipeline ruptured in September, a panic ensued and many stations ran out of gas, while other stations placed a $10 limit on purchases. It wasn’t uncommon to wait an hour or more to get gas, as Off The Grid News previously reported.
Monday’s incident was yet another reminder of the fragility of America’s infrastructure and way of life; without gas, much of the country would grind to a halt.
Colonial Pipeline Company said Tuesday it expects the pipeline to be down at least for the rest of the week and added that the explosion was related to repairs it was making from the September leak.