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North Carolina governor Pat McCroy. Image courtesy of Patmccrory.com

Six states have declared a state of emergency after a gasoline pipeline spill disrupted fuel supplies in the Southeast.

According to ABC News, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia have declared states of emergency to protect consumers against surge pricing and facilitate the delivery of more gasoline supplies.

North Carolina governor Pat McCrory said on Thursday that he has declared a state of emergency to “protect motorists from excessive gas prices and minimize any interruptions in the supply of fuel.”

Shippers have also begun using tankers to transport gasoline from the Gulf Coast to the areas impacted by the pipeline spill, according to Reuters.

The leak was discovered at a Colonial Pipeline operated gasoline line in Alabama on September 9.

Colonial said on Friday that, based on conservative evaporation models and assumption, an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 barrels of fluid were released from the Line 1 pipeline.

The company said on Thursday that it expects a full restart on the line sometime next week.

A mining inspector first detected a gasoline order on a mining property in Shelby County, Alabama earlier this month, Colonial said.

Colonial shut down two pipelines that are in the immediate vicinity of where the odor was detected and confirmed that a release occurred.

Colonial has mobilized a coordinated response effort with federal, state and local agencies as well as local emergency responders.

The company began excavations operations on Line 1 on September 17 to unearth and repair the damaged pipeline section.

Colonial has also begun constructing a bypass line that will allow Line 1 to return to service.

Line 1 transports gasoline from Gulf Coast refiners to delivery locations in the Southeast and along the Eastern seaboard.

Colonial said on Sunday that it is also currently shipping “significant volumes of gasoline” on Line 2, the company’s distillate mainline, to help offset the impact of the Line 1 disruption.

The company added that last week it gathered gasoline from Gulf Coast refiners in order to ship supplies on its distillate line to markets throughout the affected region.

“As a result, following around-the-clock operations to effect this contingency plan, supplies of gasoline have been delivered and/or are in route to terminal locations in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina,” Colonial Pipeline said.

During normal operations, the company’s pipeline system transports about 2.6 million barrels of refined products each day, with Line 1 accounting for half of that volume.