Colonial Pipeline closes due to Ida. quickly a part of their fuel traces working from Houston to Greensboro

(WJZY) – The Colonial Pipeline has temporarily shut down part of its gas pipeline due to precautionary measures following Hurricane Ida landfall, the company said on Sunday afternoon.

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Lines 1 and 2 are closed for security reasons. The lines fuel supplies from Houston to Greensboro.

The Colonial Pipeline is the largest petroleum product pipeline in the United States and carries half of its fuel over the east coast.

Fuel supply continues to be available throughout the southeast from numerous terminals along the supply route. Lines 3 and 4, which travel from the northeast from Greensboro to Linden, NJ, operate normally.

“Our thoughts and prayers go with our neighbors and colleagues on the south coast affected by this extreme weather event,” said Wes Dunbar, vice president of operations, Colonial Pipeline. “As part of our weather preparedness and response plans, we have procedures in place to ensure the safety, security, and integrity of our pipeline and assets – including proactively shutting down our lines when necessary.

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The pipeline was shut down earlier this year, causing panic in the southeast following a cyber attack.

Colonial Pipeline says they have an extensive Hurricane Ida contingency program in place and will implement their contingency plan with the following preparations:

  • Review of hurricane preparation plans and update if necessary.
  • Ensure that the emergency equipment is inventoried and in good working order.
  • Place additional equipment in appropriate facilities to aid the storm response.
  • Review and update of contracts with suppliers and other special services.
  • Monitor multiple forecasting systems to ensure that all response efforts are well prepared.

“We know that millions of Americans, along with our customers and other businesses, benefit from our critical fueling system at a time like this,” added Dunbar. “We try to be as prepared as possible for these types of weather events through thorough and ongoing planning that prioritizes the safety of the public, our employees and contractors, and the reliable operation of our pipeline. I am proud of the preparations for ours Teams in the run-up to Ida’s landing. ”

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