With some gas stations dry, pipeline works to send more fuel

Average retail gasoline prices in Chattanooga have risen 20.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.15 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 170 gas outlets in Chattanooga. Branded fuel stations get first priority due to their contracts.

"Due to a leak in a critical fuel pipeline in Alabama, which is now undergoing repairs, Georgia and other states have experienced interruptions in motor fuel supply", Deal said.

"As a result of the ongoing repairs to Colonial Pipeline, we are still receiving reports of some gasoline shortages in the Atlanta area".

A bag covers a pump handle at a gas station that has no fuel to sell Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn.

North Carolina's attorney general says hundreds of consumers have complained about potential gas price gouging as a leaking pipeline in Alabama causes supply shortages across the Southeast.

State Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry said there is "no need for alarm at this time" as there have been similar fuel disruptions like this in the past. The cost for the unbranded gas in six states is now up more than 14 cents per gallon, DeHaan said.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he and other officials are working with fuel suppliers to monitor and quickly replenish gasoline supplies.

The difference in the prices between the states is North Carolina's higher state gasoline tax.

Stay with WSBTV.com and watch Channel 2 Action News for continuing coverage about the gas prices.

Colonial Pipeline said over the weekend that it was beginning construction of a temporary pipeline that will bypass a leaking section of its main gasoline pipeline in Shelby County, Alabama.

The Alpharetta, Georgia-based company has two main lines. The company said Monday that it is shipping "significant volumes" on the second of the two lines to mitigate the impact of the interruption on the other line.

"We are confident these measures will help ensure Georgians' uninterrupted access to motor fuel until Alabama's pipeline is fixed", Deal said in a statement on his website Friday.

Some service stations across the state reported they've run out of gasoline.

Motorists could pay even more for gasoline in coming days, although experts say that any spike in service-station prices should only be temporary.

The U.S. Department of Transportation ordered Colonial Pipeline responsible- and to take corrective action before the fuel starts flowing again.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal issued an executive order Monday aimed at preventing price gouging.

A break in a Colonial Pipeline discovered September 9 interrupted service to Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Despite some gas station employees saying they've run out, the Georgia governor's office has said they haven't received any complaints of gas shortages within the state after a pipeline spill in central Alabama. It is unclear when construction will be completed but the company has previously said it anticipates reopening the line, which can carry up to 1.2 million barrels of gasoline a day, later this week.

Many drivers had to pull away from the gas pumps frustrated after discovering plastic bags over the fuel hoses - signifying that the station was out of gasoline.

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