A leak has caused the closure of a crucial pipeline that carries gasoline to the eastern United States, a disruption that threatens to drive up prices and leave service stations without fuel to sell.
In many ways this is a horrible thing that has happened. Gasoline prices increased again across the Deep South on Monday, 10 days after the discovery of a pipeline rupture in Alabama that threatened fuel supplies and prompted worries about environmental contamination. A section of the Colonial Pipeline, which runs from Houston to New York, has been closed since Sept. 9 after a spill of roughly 250,000 gallons was discovered in rural Shelby County, Ala. The leak of the 36-inch pipeline appeared to cause environmental damage — the federal government’s order said that within hours of the spill’s detection, officials had found dead vegetation and wildlife — but the gasoline will probably not reach the nearby Cahaba River. First of, of course it has damaged wild life and nature, affecting animals. We already are hurting them by destroying their habitats and the oil spill in the ocean that is still there.
Very passionate about this part of the topic, but I’m gonna move on to my second point. The rising prices and sporadic uncertainty here followed a weekend when people used social media to document scattered shortages and service station operators posted notices of how they had been forced to bring in gas from distant areas.Prices will be going up! Isn’t there already problems economically. I swear there is going to be the next great depression form the looks of what is going on, not including again that for environmental reasons this is really bad because in the long distance of bringing gas from one point to another, a lot of car pollution is et out into the air.
“There has been no indication that any material has made it to the river,” said the Cahaba Riverkeeper, a nonprofit in Birmingham, Ala., in a statement on Facebook. “We remain confident that there has been no impact to area drinking water.”, Near Birmingham, work crews were trying Friday to repair the pipeline.
Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline said most of the spilled gasoline has been corralled in a retention pond, and it downplayed any threat to public safety. It’s not clear when the leak started. Now my question is, HOW DIDN’T THEY NOTICE THERE WAS A LEAKAGE!! They noticed when the damage was already done. Do they not have something that can track it? Moving on, i’m waiting to see how long this is going to last and how are people gonna react. Maybe this is good in some way, maybe we can stop using so many cars and polluting the air so much. That is just a thought, who am I kidding people are way too lazy!