Tough breaks Colonial Pipeline outage puts drivers on notice

An unusually long September shutdown on the major supplier of gasoline to the US Atlantic coast lifted southeast retail gasoline prices and alerted millions of drivers to just how tenuous their fuel access can be. Colonial Pipeline, the key conduit for US Gulf coast gasoline moving to the New York Harbor market, suffered in 2016 its worst run of pipeline shutdowns in at least 14 years.

“Colonial Pipeline will halt flows on its gasoline-bearing Line 1 at least once more this year to replace leaking segments amid the company’s worst year for shutdowns in more than a decade.

The operator of the 5,500-mile (8,851km) Gulf coast-to-New York Harbor Colonial Pipeline system has stepped up evaluation and repair of its lines, but the company has yet to explain what has bedeviled the system this year.”

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