A gas pipeline spill is currently unfolding in the South. The leak has prompted Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to declare states of emergency.
The Colonial Pipeline that runs from Houston to New York begun leaking on September 9th and spilled roughly 250,000 gallons of gasoline. This pipeline was built back in 1962 and the current leak in Helena, Alabama is the largest leak this pipeline has experienced in the past 20 years. According to AL.com the Colonial Pipeline Company’s Spokesperson, Bill Berry has stated that the pipeline could actually still be leaking. He has mentioned that the leaky section of the pipeline while it has been shutdown already has not been excavated yet due to safety precautions and could still contain additional gas. He says that the condition of the pipeline and cause of the leak are still unknown at this time.
As I am sure you assumed this leak is going to drive fuel prices up dramatically across the Southeast. Now thanks to this issue hundreds of employees and contract workers face many different health risks due to inhaling vapor as they have worked overtime to clean up the spill. The company has stated that the spill has been contained to a mining retention pond. The company seems to be taking several steps to mitigate potential damage. The state of emergency declared on Alabama and Georgia is due to the gas shorted that is going to be the result of this spill. Whether or not this spill is going to cause environmental damages is uncertain at this time. For more information please watch the video below.