The Clarion Ledger and WXIA-TV, Atlanta
HELENA, Ala. — Crews continue working to clean up more than 250,000 gallons of gasoline that spilled from a major pipeline with Atlanta ties. And now, Gov. Nathan Deal is declaring a state of emergency to keep the gas flowing.
The predicted shortage has led to precautions to make sure Georgia continues to receive the fuel it needs.
The biggest comes in the form of an executive order on Tuesday that allowed the state to suspend limitations on trucking hours allowing drivers to stay on the road longer to bring fuel into the state.
Colonial Pipeline says most of the gas is contained in a retention pond near the city of Helena, and there's no public safety concern. But while workers have sealed the leaking part of the pipeline, a spokesman says there's a possibility some fuel could still be released. Crews are both removing spilled gas and working to fix the pipeline.
Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama has declared a state of emergency also in order to facilitate the granting of a United States Department of Transportation waiver.
The Clarion Ledger