Pipeline Begins Slow Return to Normal

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Colonial Pipeline announced Wednesday night it restarted pipeline operations. The company cautioned normal product delivery would take several days.

“Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period,” the company stated. “Colonial will move as much gasoline, diesel and jet fuel as is safely possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal.”

Thursday morning, Colonial Pipeline said it made substantial progress in safely restarting the system. By noon ET Thursday, the company projected every market would be receiving product.

“This would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of the many Colonial team members across the pipeline who worked safely and tirelessly through the night to get our lines up and running,” the company stated.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the announcement brings and end in sight to supply disruptions.

“As Colonial Pipeline works to safely and fully resume operations over the next few days, we will stay in close contact with the company and will continue to offer any assistance needed,” she said. “As supplies return to normal, we will also continue our whole-of-government effort to mitigate any challenges, including the swift steps we have taken to boost gas supply in affected states.”

Psaki said President Joe Biden and White House staff would monitor the situation closely. She urged Americans to buy only the fuel they need, rather than hoarding fuel, as supply is restored.

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