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Colonial Pipeline hopes to restore service by Wednesday, averting further gas price increase

Photos courtesy Colonial Pipeline Co.
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By Brittany Bivins – SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Colonial Pipeline hopes to have its damaged pipeline up and running by Wednesday, according to company spokesperson Bill Berry.

The company is in the process of finishing a 500-foot bypass section to be connected to the line.

One of the two lines that Colonial runs through Alabama has been leaking hundreds of gallons of gas since early September. The leak is in a rural part of Shelby County, about 30 miles away from Birmingham. That leak has caused a spike in gas prices throughout the Southeastern states, including Alabama.

"We will make certain that the segment that we plan to connect to the pipeline, both on either side of the link that that segment, we're conducting some pressure testing of that line segment and preparing to install that line segment into the existing pipeline," Berry said.

The investigation into what caused the link and any potential environmental repercussions continues.