22 September 2016
Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in Virginia on Friday (Sept. 16) in response to a possible gasoline shortage that may sweep the state.
A gasoline leak was reported on Sept. 9 from the Colonial Gas Pipeline in Shelby County, Alabama – the same pipeline that runs through eastern Fluvanna. The pipeline was shut off within four hours.
The halt of the transport of millions of gallons of gasoline each day through the pipeline system is anticipated to cause a fuel crisis, including a possible gasoline shortage in parts of the southeast.
Four other governors have joined McAuliffe in issuing states of emergency in order to temporarily loosen some of their regulations in an attempt to mitigate the shortage.
McAuliffe’s order lifts restrictions on the distances and number of hours that can be driven by gasoline tanker trucks in an attempt to compensate for some of the loss of gasoline normally transported by pipeline.