Gas Problems: Colonial Gas Pipeline Sees Fatal Alabama Explosion

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The explosion killed one worker and injured five others.

The Short of It:

Earlier this week, a major gasoline pipeline that runs through Alabama and is a crucial supply source for the U.S.'s East Coast exploded. The explosion killed one worker and injured five others.

The Longer Version Of It:

The 5,500-mile Colonial Pipeline is the largest U.S. system of pipes and carries over 3 million barrel of gas, diesel and jet fuel from the U.S. Gulf Coast to New Jersey. Nearly a third of the East Coast's gas is supplied through the system. The pipeline saw a shortage of gas and price hikes in the south earlier this fall, when part of the pipeline was shut down for over a week when a leak in Alabama spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of gas.

On Monday, a blast along the pipeline in Alabama occurred several miles from its latest gasoline spill and caused a major fire. The explosion was enough to cause Alabama's governor to declare a state of emergency, yesterday, to ensure gas would still be delivered throughout the state. For now, part of the pipeline has been shut down and the company that operates it has estimated that it could be days before the system is ready to run again.

The Takeaway:

A major pipeline that millions of Americans depend on every day for fuel is having a bit of a crisis. If you're on the East Coast and notice that number on your gas pump quickly increasing, here's why.