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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Colonial Pipeline Completes Pipeline Bypass
Shipments Expected to Resume Tomorrow

According to this press release from Colonial Pipeline, construction of a bypass line has been completed and testing will be taking place later today and regular shipments of fuel is expected to resume tomorrow.

Helena, Alabama Incident Update – September 20, 9:15 a.m., CDT Update #19

SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. – Colonial Pipeline issued the following update this morning regarding its response to a product release in Shelby Co., Ala., as well as ongoing efforts to install a bypass segment on Line 1 which is expected to allow for the safe and expeditious restoration of system-wide service.
Construction, fabrication and positioning of the bypass segment around the leak site is complete. Colonial is in the process of executing a hydrostatic test of the segment, which is approximately 500 feet in length, to ensure its structural integrity.
Upon successful completion of the hydrostatic test, Colonial Pipeline will begin the process of tying the bypass segment into the main line (Line 1) and preparing for a safe restart of that line. Based on operational progress made to date and the anticipated schedule of work ahead, Colonial Pipeline now projects a Line 1 restart of tomorrow, Wednesday, September 21.
When Line 1 restarts, it will take several days for the fuel delivery supply chain to return to normal.  As such, some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions.  Colonial continues to move as much gasoline, diesel and jet fuel as possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal.
Recovery efforts at the release site continue along with bypass installation and testing. The safety and protection of the public, responders and the environment remain paramount in all activities.
Bypass Overview

About the incident: On Friday, September 9, 2016, a mining inspector in Shelby County, Ala., detected a gasoline odor on mining property. He alerted Colonial Pipeline, which operates two pipelines in the immediate vicinity. Both pipelines were shut down as a precaution and Colonial employees were dispatched for a visual survey of the site. Upon confirmation of a release, Colonial Pipeline mobilized a coordinated response effort with federal, state and local agencies as well as local emergency responders. Colonial Pipeline has more than 700 employees and partners on site working as safely and expeditiously as possible to repair the impacted segment of pipe and return to normal operations.
About Colonial Pipeline Company: Colonial Pipeline delivers more than 100 million gallons of refined products each day to markets between Houston and New York City, serving more than 50 million people. We transport refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, home heating oil and fuels for the U.S. military. Our pipeline system consists of more than 5,500 miles of underground pipe and above ground storage tanks and pump stations. The company is based in Alpharetta, Ga. For additional information visit