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  1. Oil and Gas News: Gas prices up, stations running out after pipeline spill

    A bag covers a pump handle at a gas station that has no fuel to sell Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Fuel supplies in at least five states are threatened by a gasoline pipeline spill in Alabama, and the U.S. Department of Transportation has ordered the company responsible to take corrective action before the fuel starts flowing again. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) ATLANTA (AP) — Lines formed at gas stations across the South on Saturday and drivers who were able to find fuel had to pay more for it in some cases, as prices edged up following a pipeline spill in Alabama . Fuel supplies in at least five states — Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas — were threatened by the spill, and the U.S. Department of Transportation ordered the company responsible to take corrective action before the fuel starts flowing again. Colonial Pipeline Co. must conduct testing and analysis on the failed section of the pipeline, according to the U.S. Transportation Department, which is investigating the spill in rural Alabama. The company has acknowledged that between 252,000 gallons and 336,000 gallons of gasoline leaked from a pipeline near Helena, Alabama, since the spill was first detected Sept. 9. It's unclear when the spill actually started. Drivers in Atlanta found some pumps completely dry or they had to pay 20 cents more because, according to a sign on the pump, the gas had to be pulled from Savannah. "I just came in to town so this is shocking to me," said Gina Dorman, as she filled up her nearly empty tank. She said she tried to get gas at several pumps at the service station before finding one that had gas flowing. At a Kroger gas station a couple of miles away, orange cones were set up where cars usually park to get fuel. The pumps were completely dry and attendants were not sure when they would get more gas. Many drivers said they didn't know about the spill. Rob Gomes said his wife called him and told him to fill up after hearing about the shortage. "We were out, so we said, let's gas up," he said. Colonial Pipeline announced Saturday it is beginning construction of a temporary pipeline that will bypass a leaking section of its main gasoline pipeline in Shelby County, Alabama, according to AL.com (http://bit.ly/2cvk9ZU). Colonial gave no timetable as to when that bypass line would be completed or what path it would take. Tennessee Emergency Management Director Patrick Sheehan tried to reassure drivers. "Tennessee's consumers need to maintain their normal driving and fuel buying habits. If consumers fill up unnecessarily, top off their tanks when they aren't close to empty, and fill multiple containers at the pumps, then our petroleum retailers will not be able to keep up with the demand of the fuel supply," he said. Quik Trip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh said several stations in South Carolina were seeing outages. "When you have a pipeline of that magnitude go down, it just shows everybody unfortunately how fragile the system is and it doesn't take much to cause some hiccups," he told WYFF (http://bit.ly/2cy6o1H). In a statement Saturday, the Alpharetta, Georgia-based company said that repair work had begun in an effort to return the pipeline to service "as rapidly and safely as possible." The company said it is shipping as much gasoline as possible on its distillate mainline, Line 2, in order to mitigate the impact of the pipeline that has been shut down. Colonial earlier said most of the leaked gasoline is contained in a retention pond near the city of Helena and there's no public safety concern. Motorists could pay even more for gasoline in coming days, although experts say that any spike in service-station prices should only be temporary. In response to the shutdown, the governors in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee announced they would lift restrictions on the number of hours that truck drivers delivering fuel can work, in hopes of preventing fuel shortages. Governors can suspend federal transportation regulations during emergencies. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency waived requirements this week that metro areas with air quality issues in Georgia and Tennessee use a cleaner-burning type of gasoline during the summer months. That requirement of the Clean Air Act expired at midnight Thursday.

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

  2. PHMSA orders Colonial to shut Line No. 1 down, prepare restart plan

    The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ordered Colonial Pipeline Co., Alpharetta, Ga., to shut down a segment of its Line No. 1 near Helena, Ala., a week after a gasoline leak was detected there. The US Department of Transportation agency’s Sept. 16 corrective action order ...

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

  3. Oil and Gas News: Alabama governor praises pipeline company's response to leak

    Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said gas prices in parts of the state rose 20 cents over the weekend after a pipeline leak, but he didn't consider that price gouging.

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    Tue, 20 Sep 2016

  4. PHMSA conditionally allows Colonial Pipeline to restart Line No. 1

    The US Pipeline and Hazardous Safety Administration gave Colonial Pipeline Co. conditional permission to restart Line No. 1, which was shut down after an estimated 6,000-8,000 bbl of gasoline leaked from it near Shelby, Ala., on Sept. 9.

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    Wed, 21 Sep 2016

  1. Oil and Gas News: Company expects to restart pipeline Wednesday after leak

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    Tue, 20 Sep 2016

  2. Power Plant: Highway to close temporarily for General Electric shipment

    The state Department of Transportation is closing down a section of highway in Schenectady so General Electric can move a big piece of power plant equipment across it to the Erie Canal.

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

  3. Oil and Gas News: With some gas stations dry, pipeline works to send more fuel

    Gas prices spiked and drivers found "out of service" bags covering pumps as the gas shortage in the South rolled into the work week, raising fears that the disruptions could become more widespread.

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

  4. Oil and Gas News: Feds propose railroads have plans to deal with oil spills

    Railroads hauling crude oil would be required to develop comprehensive plans for dealing with a significant oil spill, including providing detailed information to state and tribal authorities, under a rule proposed Wednesday by the Department of Transportation .

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    Thu, 14 Jul 2016

  5. Rail Transporation News: Inspectors find more defects on NY tracks for oil trains

    Rail inspectors report checking another 251 miles of track and 91 switches in the ongoing effort to reduce the danger from crude oil shipments across the state.

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    Tue, 16 Aug 2016

  6. Ameren Missouri plans I-70 electric vehicle charging corridor

    For Missouri electric vehicle drivers thinking about a longer road trip, planning where to charge – if there's a place at all – can be an issue 

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    Thu, 18 Aug 2016

  7. PHMSA issues pipeline status advisory bulletin

    The US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued an advisory bulletin about procedures for changing a pipeline’s status from active to abandoned for pipeline owners and operators, and federal and state pipeline safety personnel.

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    Thu, 18 Aug 2016

  8. API, AFPM applaud FAA bill’s oil and gas drone use provision

    American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers officials separately expressed their pleasure as the US Senate approved a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill with language permitting the use of unmanned aircraft for oil and gas operations.

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    Thu, 14 Jul 2016

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