NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – With a major Alabama gas pipeline shutdown for an eighth straight day, Middle Tennessee gas stations have begun to see a significant dip in supply.
Colonial Pipeline Company’s “Line 1,” which delivers gas from Texas to New Jersey, was found to be leaking gas in rural Alabama on Sept. 9 and subsequently shut down for repairs.
Dozens of stations in Middle Tennessee were without gas Saturday morning. Stations that did have gas were experiencing long lines as customers waited to fill up.
The Kroger on Franklin Pike in Berry Hill sold out of gas at 2 p.m. on Friday.
The station received a new shipment of gas late that night and reopened at 6 a.m. Saturday. Customers were lined up as early as 5 a.m. to fill up their tanks.
Customer Edith Costanza said, “I did know about the shortage and that’s why I’m here, because I want to make sure I have gas next week for work.”
A spokeswoman for Kroger told News 2 some of the stores that received deliveries late Saturday night are out again. More deliveries are on the way overnight into Sunday.
The American Automobile Association reported that gas prices in Tennessee had increased to an average of $2.06 per gallon as of Saturday morning, compared to $2.01 per gallon on Friday.
In Nashville, gas averaged $2.19 per gallon on Saturday morning compared with $2.08 per gallon on Friday. Click here to report price gouging in your area.
Local officials release statements about gasoline
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry released the following statement Saturday about the gasoline supply:
“We are confident that any disruptions to the supply of gasoline to our region will be resolved soon. Auxiliary methods of delivering gasoline have been opened to supply our gas stations, and Colonial is working quickly to fix the problems in Alabama. Metro has plenty of fuel on hand to ensure there is no disruption to first responders or government services.”
She continued, “In the meantime, I would urge my fellow Nashvillians not to make matters worse by buying gas when you don’t need it. Increasing demand when supplies are low will only exacerbate the problem.”
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) also released a statement Saturday to ease any concerns drivers may have.
“We want to reassure Tennesseans there is petroleum available to meet the needs of consumers. Gov. Haslam’s emergency declaration issued on Friday ensures the transportation and delivery of petroleum to convenience stores and retailers in Tennessee.”
The statement went on to say that “the Colonial Pipeline is not the only supplier of petroleum to Tennessee. There are other pipelines contributing to the state’s fuel supply.”
On Saturday, Colonial Pipeline announced on their website that they’ve started “to execute its alternative plan to construct a bypass line around the leak site to allow Line 1 to return to service as rapidly and safely as possible.”
The company estimates its damaged line will be back in operation this coming week.