Gasoline Pipeline Shutdown To 50 Million People On East Coast

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The Colonial Pipeline runs from Texas to New York and supplies gasoline to an estimated 50 million people a day on the East Coast. On September 9, a 36-inch pipeline was shut down near Birmingham, Alabama where a major ‘leak’ was discovered.

The shutdown of Colonial Pipeline service to ‘Line 1’ which normally transports 1.3 million barrels of gasoline per day from refiners on the Gulf Coast to delivery locations in the Southeast and along the Eastern seaboard, may (likely) result in gasoline shortages.

The pipeline has been estimated to supply up to 40 percent of the gasoline on the east coast…


 

So far at least six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia and Alabama – are reportedly all facing possible shortages due to the pipeline shutdown.

The mainstream media has hardly reported on this (a probable coordinated effort to keep it ‘hush hush’). Will the developing situation result in noticeable gasoline shortages?

I have currently found reports of ‘spotty’ shortages and some stations have indeed run out of gas, however it seems logical that the shortages will worsen – given the apparent dependence upon this one pipeline for such a large percentage of gasoline for so many people.

There is only a limited amount of excess storage within the system, and if the supply isn’t restored soon, it’s going to become a very noticeable ‘problem’ to say the least…

Attempts are being made to ship gasoline by alternate routes and methods. Some gas is being pushed through an alternate pipeline at the expense of other fuels (now alternating between diesel, jet fuel, home heating oil, and gasoline). More gasoline is now being ‘trucked’, and gasoline is even being shipped by tanker ship from Houston to New York.

However apparently these methods will not make up for the lost volume from the shutdown of Colonial Pipeline ‘Line 1’.

Colonial Pipeline does not know how much its customers have in reserve or whether they can access alternate sources to keep gas pumps operating, however Colonial expects the worst of the gasoline shortages to be felt in Tennessee, Georgia, parts of Alabama and the Carolinas.

 

The leak is located in the William R. Ireland Sr. Cahaba River Wildlife Management Area, near the intersection of Coalmont Road and Lindsey Road. It’s a relatively remote section of Shelby County, about 30 miles south of Birmingham.

 
This pipeline was evidently built in the 1960’s. There is much of our infrastructure that was built long ago and we are more dependent than ever on these systems – which are mostly all running on a ‘just in time’ transport and delivery method with little or no ‘excess’, storage, or ‘warehousing’. Therefore when these systems break there is an immediate impact.

I do not have expertise in the area of pipeline longevity. However one might logically ask the question “If this one section has burst, is it just the beginning of more to follow?”, and this goes well beyond just this one pipeline incident. Think of the rest of our infrastructure. How much money and effort has been dedicated to maintenance in order to assure longevity? Given the motivations of squeezing every last penny of profit, I doubt that there has been (or is) adequate appropriated monies.

Here’s another thought…
Given the reliance on this one pipeline for so much of the gasoline to the southeast and east coast, can you imagine if so called ‘terrorists’ were to target ‘choke points’ such as this? How many more choke points are out there? I suspect lots…

This incident serves as a perfect example of the systemic risks that go along with the dependence we have upon infrastructure. Most everyone is afflicted with a severe case of ‘normalcy bias’ which leads them to believe that all of our ‘consumables’ will always be available. As our infrastructure ages and as new threats emerge to our way of life, it may be wise and prudent to prepare for disruptions to our modern way of life – or worse…

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  1. I’m in the east coast of S.C. The people in my city are experiencing an increase in gas prices with several service stations completely empty. We have a lot of fuel reserve on my property for this very reason. “given the apparent dependence upon this one pipeline” is the reason why we need to work hard to have independence from the current, over needy and unprepared populace.

  2. In the southeastern US, I’ve had first hand reports of stations being out of gas in TN, GA and AL. Prices have increased approx .13 since Thursday of last week in some central AL gas stations.

    My tanks were filled last week and I topped off my truck Saturday am. This could get interesting especially since the spill is located in a Wildlife Preserve area.

    God Save This Great Republic

  3. Learned 3 lessons from this incident.

    1 – always keep your gas tank full
    2 – you NEVER know when things are going to happen like this
    3 – always have food, etc. on hand so you don’t have to “go get” things that you need.

    THANK GOD this did not happen in the WINTER!!!

  4. I’m afraid we will be seeing more of this in the future.

    Although industry will probably be blamed for this, the truth is that government over regulation and the NIMBY (not in my backyard) and environmental extremist crowd are responsible.

    Industry has been trying to build more pipelines for years trying to relieve the strain on already over-stressed capacity in existing pipelines. Industry is being blocked by government regulations brought on by the radical public in the NIMBY and environmental groups.

    The same thing is happening with our power plants and refineries. In the next 10-20 years our refineries and power plants will be at the end of their designed life expectancy and in the current regulatory environment it will be cost inefficient to build new ones.

    I fail to understand how we as a nation can allow progress to be stopped by some small group hiding behind the guise of protecting some grasshopper or minnow. The government allows this to happen so that they have more control over we the people.

    How have we come from the greatest most industrious country in history to being a dependent entitled society. For 200+ years we have been able to balance the needs of the public, environment, and government. Have we devolved so far that we can no longer do that.

    1. Well said.

      Additionally, I also read that the pipeline company was not allowed into the area until 3 days after the pipeline burst was discovered due to government/EPA issues.

    2. Not in my backyard?

      I just recently spent the better part of two years waiting to find out if a natural gas pipeline was going to “transit” my area, taking land from people like me, by “eminent domain”, to provide land for a for profit venture. Oh by the way, the construction was to be paid for by tariffs on electric bills…so in other words, the feds were going to allow a private company to steal our land and charge us for the construction project that was a gross overbuild of infrastructure, even by their own estimates, so that they could profit.

      When that comes to your backyard, then you can speak on it….until then, please remember someone always loses in a situation like that, and it is never the billionaires that own the energy companies.

      1. @ kevinH,

        I live on the gulf coast. There are petroleum and chemical pipelines crossing my area everywhere and have been my whole life. There is a utility easement taking 20% of the property where my home is, so yes, I am effected directly.

        But guess what, I like electricity, water, and sewage services. I like being able to have natural gas to heat my home and gas and diesel for my vehicles so I am willing to give some to get some. Am I paid for this easement, NO, but my quality of life as well as 10’s of 1000’s of others is better because of it.

    3. @ namewithheld, Ken, kevinH

      “not in my backyard ?”

      Well, not quite so fast there Sirs, I happen to live in the San Juan Basin area, one of the largest Nat.-Gas deposits in the country, I have in my view 7 Nat-Gas wells with water removal pump jacks (very quiet BTW) that occupy 1/2 to 1 acre each. I also have not 1, not 2, but 3 gas lines running in all directions somewhere on my property, but guess what, I don’t sit and whine about them AT ALL.

      Would I like to get “paid” for the easements they have, sure. Would I like to get paid for the “gas rights” on the gas they remove under my land, sure. Do the gas companies make money off the gas they sell and not pay me a dime, you bet.

      But guess what my friends; I also like the idea of having Propane in my home, Diesel in my truck, and Gas in my car. I happen to like the Asphalt on the roads, the plastics that package my foods, hell I even like all the rest of the stuff made from Oils, Gases, and Coal. Ohhhh and let us not forget about that wonderful thing called Electricity that’s made from a LOT of that Nat-Gas.

      I would really suggest trying to live without all those products before you decide “not on my land”. So yes I can “speak on it” and I will say to anyone that feels they are a loser because of a Nat-Gas line “transiting your land”, then stop using ALL products (including electricity) involved in the Oil-Industry for 1 year than see how ya feel about that small hunk of land you may lose.

      FYI a pipeline is nowhere as intrusive as a cancer called a “city” crawling into the rural areas, or a 8 lane highway cutting a mountain down because of 2 million people decide to live in the middle of the friggen desert sucking up every resource within 200 miles, INCLUDING WATER. How about all that “land” that is taken because of some darn fool wants to actually drive a Gas Powered Truck down a “road”, millions and millions of miles of roads. I wonder who lost their land for all those roads we all use?

      If it was not for the consumers’ needs that suck all the Gas from the ground, then there would be no Billionaires that own the companies….. Ohhh yeah, that’s right it’s not the Billionaires that own it, it’s all the stock holders, 401Ks, Mutual Funds, and so on that actually “own” the companies.

      And how about all these thousands of mineral-rights owners that get a check every month for the gas that’s sucked out of the ground? Or how about the millions of Gas-Station owners that get a pay check? The list is enormous of the people that benefit from that “Billionaire”. Dam that thing called Capitalism.

      Maybe we should go way of Russia, NK, or Venezuela? We all see how well that’s working out for them. Or even better yet, go back to Cave-Man times when all we had was a small wood fire to live on. Can you just imagine the pollution of 320,000,000 campfires all burning at once? So much for the forest not being cut down, guess the tree huggers would lose out on that one huh?

      The point being, we all have to give and sometimes give hard, because the world population has gone NUTS and is still breeding like rats, soon there will be no land for you or I to own, we will all be living in that Box the Government allows us to have.

      JMHO, as a person that DOES have that “infrastructure” on my land.
      NRP

      1. I will never allow myself to be manipulated into accepting the Govt putting me into a box without a fight!!! To wake up people, to motivate people, to hang on to their freedoms is one purpose that I will always try to do!!!

        All too often Our Govt has been lobbied and paid off to move in a certain direction in the name of “For What’s in the Best Interests of the Public” that ends up for “The Profit” for a chosen few!!!

        1. Exactly. Eminent domain for a ‘for profit’ project is beyond the pale of the governments abuse of powers…and the pencil-necks that make the decisions on “public benefit” are appointee’s and thus not accountable to the electorate…

          You want to live under a regime that steals your property, charges you for the construction, poisons your water and soil, and then bills you back for the product as an end user, then go ahead, I choose to stand up for me and mine.

          1. Yet you still benefit from someone else who allowed it. So what you are saying is you want someone else to sacrifice while at the same time you benefit. If everyone thought like that, there would be no infrastructure. We’d all still be cavemen.

          2. I already have an easement for transmission lines, the proposed gas line would have been “co-located” with the electrical lines. It would have been right thru my living room, so until they are coming to force you into selling, non-negotiable, take our offer or we will get a federal judge to force you out, please try to see others view.

            I understand the need for infrastructure, but stripping us of our property rights is beyond the pale. This was a ‘for profit’ venture, utilizing eminent domain. If you think this is fair, please, contact Kinder-Morgan and volunteer your property.

          3. Don’t get me wrong, I am very much against the use of eminent domain in some, if not most cases. You stated above that it would be “co-located” with the existing power-line easement. Does the power-line easement go through your living room?

            I’m not trying to be a smart-ass, but if you built on an existing easement, whose fault is it? As I understand easement laws (wife is a licensed realtor) if you build on an existing easement, you in most cases, may lose any improvements you’ve made and they are not responsible.

            I was going to put an in-ground pool in my yard, but when the survey showed I would be encroaching on the utility easement ON MY PROPERTY, I decided I did not want to chance at a later date what it sounds like might be happening to you. I did not want them tearing out a pool that I was going to spend lots of hard earned money putting in. Once again, I’m not trying to be a smart-ass, I’m just trying to understand your situation.

          4. Would you feel any different if it was a govt project using eminent domain? I doubt it. Would you feel any different if they put that pipeline through half a mile away and took away someone else’s living room? Probably.

            Abuse of eminent domain is an ongoing problem, but it is entirely different from your assertion that YOUR living room was at stake. If it’s wrong for your living room, it’s wrong for someone else’s living room as well. If you’re willing to use the resources of a pipeline that gets put through someone else’s property fifty miles away, then it isn’t the eminent domain or the abuse that you object to–it’s that it was YOUR property that was affected.

          5. I can see a bit of both opinions but I would fight to keep it out of MY living room. If the people a mile away don’t care then well, OK. If they do I would expect them to argue over it also. If you buy into something that has existing easements you knew it. I don’t like .gov or big business telling people to get out. To me it sounds like more of the same -it’s for your own good- mantra.

          6. Actually, the entire region fought the pipeline, and the odious thing about it is the use of government powers for subverting property rights for profit. Rights of private property ownership are fundamental to a free society, when corporate interests can use government powers to steal property, that is wrong on multiple levels.

          7. These projects, by the way, never go through $300,000 cookie cutter McMansion developments. On the contrary, they go through rural areas where the average landowner has a much larger parcel, making it easier for them, the less landowners, the less opposition, numerically speaking.

            Just like they never build civic centers in the those same neighborhoods, they build them in depressed inner city areas, why? Because there will be no organized resistance, it’s just a bunch of section 8 rental units, who cares?

          8. Well Kevin it could be that they go through rural ares BECAUSE it will impact less people. Not trying to start a fight just another way of looking at it.

          9. Point taken, however the use of eminent domain to facilitate a for profit venture is wrong.

          10. Absolutely wrong. I was addressing your argument against NIMB based on eminent domain. Two entirely different things.

      2. I have a power line and had a US forest service trail easement on my land. They doubled the electric service charge recently because of the cost of tree cutting costs but I did my own maintenance. Since I was paying them for something I did, I no longer cut the trees.

        The public trail easement which is my driveway, allowed 4 wheelers to tear up my driveway. The Feds are supposed to maintain the trail, (adding gravel and rock) but they refused, and the year long notification expired without repairs. Law said if they are given notice and don’t repair within a year, they lose the access. The numbered trail post was taken down. I do the maintenance now.

        I can’t get angry over it, it’s just getting along with the easement laws and holders. I knew it when I moved here, and if I don’t like it, I can move elsewhere.

        1. The power line easement was in place when I bought this property. I am fine with that, they maintain the right of way and I still have fruit growing in the easement.

          As a matter of fact, they were just out here today in response to my questions about blocking access, specifically to 4 wheelers. They will install gates, at their expense, if I desire it. I also have a hiking trail that transits between my two lots, on a class six road. Plenty of hikers use the area, and we enjoy them, the trail association helps maintain the road, hikers are mostly respectful and friendly.

          If the pipeline company wants to negotiate with every landowner to obtain easement rights, fine, that is doing business. Using federal laws to take the land for a ‘for profit’ venture, and then charging us for the construction, is absolutely wrong. By the way, a funding model that was found to be unconstitutional in Massachusetts, of all places.

  5. The MSM won’t expose this because it’s all a very slow process. A process of removing options, conveniences, freedoms, so we slowly forced into a world of desperation where our only option left is to depend on the Govt to stay alive. I expect their actions may speed up in the very near future.

    This is WHY WE PREPARE!!!

    Please, for your family’s sake, speed up on your preps if you can!!

    Thank you Ken for this article and all that you do to keep this website up!!

    1. Small supposedly un-connected events can morph into a huge problem,
      What you said is EXACTLY why I prepare.

    2. Consider this, visualize rows of dominoes that form the spokes of a wheel. The dominoes start to fall one by one at the center, starting to fall slowly at first, but as each day goes by they fall faster and faster til they reach the outer wheel. When each has reached the outer wheel, then suddenly the remaining dominoes fall representing the global financial collapse!!!

      Please stay alert!! Review your family plans with each family member!

      Recognize those falling dominoes in your area and respond accordingly!!

  6. We haven’t seen any increase yet in prices here, but I imagine things will change as the states that are low in gas will look for other sources possibly affecting our state. Time to top off everything now.

    1. Yep, they’ll justify the increase to cover the increased cost it will take to transport it to the southeast and east coast.

      Considering the age of this pipeline, there will likely be additional failures, as Ken mentioned, that will show up in the fittings, elbows and tees, due to the increased abrasion caused by the flow of liquid changing direction within the pipeline.

  7. There are a lot of stations, in this area of N.C., that have no gas.
    The stations that do, have long lines and limits on amount.

  8. I am surprised that fanatics have not attacked our pipeline/power line infrastructure. It is only a matter of time.

      1. Gasoline barges are moving along the Inter-coastal Canal to Tampa for FL. Also tankers being loaded in the Houston ship channel for the Northeast.

        The latest word on the pipeline that I’ve heard is that the repairs won’t be complete until next week and then testing must be done before bringing it back on line.

        Looks like Inland supplies may suffer the most in the Appalachian Mtns. and the smaller distributors that deliver to convenience stores in rural locations.

    1. Didn’t they stop some illegal female crossing the southern boarder some months ago with a detailed map of buried pipelines?

      1. For all we know, this could then be a terrorist attack and the delay by the Govt allowing the repair to start was to allow the evidence to be removed!!!

        Thanks for letting us know about the pipeline map issue.

      2. “Apparently”, even though Snopes says the Luna County Sheriffs Office and the USBP deny it, Judicial Watch stands by the story.

        The northern Arizona fiber-optic “vandal” cut last year was sure real enough…

        Our distribution systems of water, power, fuel, communication, rail transport- all seem vulnerable to me in the face of a determined sabotage team. Hell, just a pickup and a length of heavy chain could do some serious damage.

    2. I’m with you Mike. I was just thinking the same thing. I’m very surprised that our enemies to include enviro wackos/terrorists have not attacked our pipe lines–they have in fact shot up several power stations in the West in past years. Time to top off my fuel farm while the prices are still reasonable and the fuel is available.

      1. Why should they, when we’re moving toward extinction without their help? Why use their resources and people when they can just sit back and laugh as we destroy ourselves?

        Then there’s the political aspect–most of our top politicians have terrorist connections or have people on their staff with terrorist connections. Far easier to work through political means as long as possible.

  9. I can vouch that several stations in East TN are out of fuel. Just thankful I have a small stash.

  10. Have a friend in TN. That tells me the gas shot up $0.40 then the 3 stations in his area ran out yesterday.

    Just think about that for a second…. “1.3 million barrels of gasoline per day” that’s 42 gallons in a barrel = 54 MILLION gallons a day has been taken out if circulation causing some refineries to slow/shut down. Does anyone here know how long it takes to “fire up” a refinery?

    This problem will not go away in a few days my friends. That’s in addition to repairing the pipeline and reconditioning it for use. I’m taking Dollar to Donut bets on a minimal of 3-4 months. Just in time for winter. Just wonderful huh?

    This is just one more reason to NOT depend on anything outside of your own control.

    Everyone keeps talking about a SHTF, well people here is just one more of those little SHTF, and it seems we have a BUNCH of those lately, don’t we?

    Keep prepping my friends, “winter” is coming.
    NRP

    PS, interesting note; “Think of the rest of our infrastructure”.

  11. Upstate SC Has quite a few gas stations with no fuel. Could this be a dry run. Or some kind of test to see how society will react. Never put it past our gov. Stay prepared…

      1. One other fun fact from the Colonial Pipeline website-
        The product moves at 3 to 5 MPH through the pipeline, so it takes 18 days to get from Houston to New York harbor. I think we will be affected by this for several weeks at least.

    1. Rick-
      What is your source for that news? I searched, and only found that Colonial says it has increased flow in the 2nd line, and that the downed line temporary bypass should be constructed and functioning “this week”…
      (sources: 11alive, WIAT, & WYFF4)

      1. I saw this somewhere and jumped to the wrong conclusion. I shoulda checked, checked again, and rechecked that, BUT, The NEWS Looked to good. My Bad :-(

  12. I understand that here in Kentucky, the fuel is shipped up the Mississippi River from the Gulf area and delivered to different states. As of this AM there was no problem getting fuel BUT the price is going up. Maybe because we are so close to the Tennessee border.

  13. Does anyone have a natural gas well on their own property that allows them to be self sufficient? This would mean having vehicles that run on natural gas. You can rig generators to run on it too. Sure hope all the terrorists that are part of the ongoing invasion don’t realize that their bombs will do more damage by hitting these critical infrastructure points. No chance of that, huh?

    1. Nitecat, Texas boy is right.

      Tapping into a Nat.gas takes knowledge, experience and the right equipment. Definitely not for the laymen to try.

      What I would suggest is to Google wood gasification. That is something that is doable. A million cars ran on it in WW2 and was used back in the late 1800’s. Ford even had cars that were set up back in the 20’S to run on wood gas. It’s on my list to do..

      1. Bill Jenkins Horse,

        Agreed, but this is a subject I have given some thought. I have several natural gas wells close to my home, all fairly low pressure feeding into a low pressure line going to a compressor station some two miles distant.

        I have several pressure regulators, one reduces pressure from hundreds of psi down, tens of pounds, then ounces of pressure. I have already purchased connections to tap the the valving on the wells, which is my plan should we have a long term event. Also have parts to convert my larger generator to natural gas. Will set up charging station for community (if it works out), as 500 feet (the closest well) is a heck of a long way to string extension cords.

        The valving on the wells should make testing safe enough. Then, again, I may end up causing a heck of distraction.

  14. Most will just bitch about the rising cost as they put fuel in their vehicles and then go on as “normal”.

    I would take this as a cue to prepare for other shortages, delays and rising prices across the board. I would suggest you top off your fuel oil, propane now if you can. Prices may have already jumped over the weekend.

    What is interesting, but not surprising, is how many people out of the immediate area know nothing about it. That includes what happened in New York.

    Ken does a great job keeping these situations and concerns on the “front burner” to help us keep track and focused . ..I appreciate it. Thanks Ken!

  15. @nitecat,

    I have more than one gas well here on the ranch & I can tell anyone that tries to use natural gas straight from a gas well is going to get himself killed very quickly.

    To use natural gas from a well requires in-depth knowledge of gas under high pressure and a lot of various related high pressure equipment required to bring the gas pressure down to a safe pressure – not to mention hydrogen sulfide gas.

  16. My husband just found the last gas station in Washington, NC with gas. They are down to a quarter in their tank of regular gas left. Here in Havelock, NC we haven’t noticed any shortages just an increase in prices.

  17. This is very interesting.

    Has anyone noticed how little MSM coverage is being put into this?
    Is this not exactly how a SHTF would be reacted to for those that have NO clue what’s going on?

    I asked around the office here, only one of 25 even knew there was a problem….

    If one really thinks on it, this really could be a HUGE problem as soon as 40 million people have no gas for their cars or no hot water for their Starbucks Coffee…. And please don’t give me any noise about “well they are trucking/shipping/whatever gas to the downed states”.

    I keep hearing of more and more Gas Stations having no fuel. As someone asked “a practice run”???

    Think I’ll fill up a couple of extra 5s and fill the truck just for the heck of it.

    Here in NM we have a saying…. “Watch what’s going on at the east/west coast, that will hit here in a few days”.

    NRP

    1. NRP,
      I too noticed how many knew nothing about it. Not really surprised by it anymore. People are “safely nested” in their own bubble of blissful ignorance…

      1. Quote, “People are “safely nested” in their own bubble of blissful ignorance…”

        …I love that statement. Perfect.

      2. Bill Jenkins Horse
        When you print out those bumper stickers let me know. We have to stay ‘A’ political but my car can do as it pleases. Come to think of it my truck needs an adornment for its rear end.

    2. I recall an old statement that goes, “What’s the time difference between the east coat and the left coast? Three years.”

    3. I recall an old statement that goes, “What’s the time difference between the east coat and the left coast? Three years.”

  18. Stopped at a store on Warne N.C., to get things and asked about gas. They were out.

    Lady said they might get gas by the end of the week, but no guarantee.

    Saw stations closed that were open yesterday.

  19. This is just one pipeline, sure shows how little it would take for an organized group to create havoc. This is more of the kind of event I feel will be coming, only much worse.

  20. Just got off the phone with a good friend in Tennessee. He said all the stations in his area but one were closed and they only have high grade. Once it’s gone they will close.

    He is a builder and has already been called from some of his contractors that they don’t have enough gas to work past Tuesday or Wednesday.

    He said he has already seen cars on the side of the road that appeared to of run out of gas.
    Crazy huh…

  21. Yes, I am “safely nested” not through ignorance but by prepping. It may seem selfish, but s**t will happen, so let me know in a year if the reset is finished. In the mean while I will enjoy the peace of nature and the warmth of firewood.

  22. The web address for the Colonial pipeline company is http://www.colpipe.com and there is a link on that page for up-to-date information on the emergency response.

    Interestingly, there is also a link elsewhere on the page that states 99.999% of petroleum products shipped by pipeline reach their destination safely. Looks like they might need to adjust that figure after this debacle!

  23. I wonder if the mail will be delivered, they need gas to operate mail trucks and vehicles. I remember in 2012 when we had our severe storm without power in most the county, the mail delivery stopped for 5 days until a far town finally got power to pump the gas. Fortunately I had no bills to pay at that time.

  24. I can say that TN is having shortages. I have seen many gas stations out of gas. The day after the pipeline busted the gas stations started having long lines. I filled up early before the lines started when I heard about it. This is a perfect reason that we should have gas storage.

  25. Never let a good crisis go to waste. Between this “incident” and the festivities in New Yawk, Joisey, NC, and that bastion of cosmic white leftist tolerance, Somalisota, we are being played like a banjo at an Oklahoma square dance. Get prepped, people.

    Gasoline! Diesel! Food! Ammo! Hygiene items! What has all been slowly unfolding is now accelerating. TPTB cannot abide a Trump presidency. Look for Barry to cancel the election(especially if the Hildabeest infarcs) and declare martial law.

  26. This just shows another vulnerable target we have. Power grid, bridges across the Mississippi, etc. All of them need to be addressed. But won’t. I’m sure there is no chance that a terrorist would target such a soft target. If they won’t or haven’t, why not? Makes you wonder why we have not been hit with a serious blow. Maybe a deal with TPTB. Hell if I can read about it and think about it so can they.

    The only positive we can hope this gas shortage does is cause enough of a inconvenience that some people wake up and start to prepare on their own. Unfortunately I think that will be a very small percentage. All they will bitch about is the lack of gas to go out to dinner or why they can’t get pizza delivered. Not to mention if the power goes out and they don’t have wifi.

    Adapt and Overcome.

  27. Nashville seems to have gas sporadically. Friday night though, I had to drive out to Hillsboro to fill up the truck. I love living here, but these people went nuts.

  28. I saw a sign outside of a gas station. It said:

    FREE GAS

    With the purchase of every can of beans.

    Lol !!!

    1. What if the pipeline was a terrorist attack???

      They would not even let the company in for 3 days.

      Remember when they caught the middle Eastern with plans for the pipelines about a month ago…

      Coincidence!!!

    2. @ Simmon

      Ok Ok, you got quite the chuckle out of me….
      Of course I have gas……. DON’T GO THERE…. HAHAHAHA

      NRP

  29. Been reading this post and comments….

    It suddenly occurs to me to “question” the incident..

    ” On September 9, a 36-inch pipeline was shut down near Birmingham, Alabama where a major ‘leak’ was discovered.”

    Anyone here/reading, actually have personal knowledge of this incident, or personally know anyone who does?

    Any chance this gas is being diverted to “other needs” / “other purchasers” by agencies?

  30. Glad I’m in Germany. Reminds me of a book I read where terrorists snuck in a bunch of elite trained zealots and targeted key electrical centers and refineries. Great book that could become real. Hopefully they can get this whole mess fixed quickly before it becomes Lord of the Flies anywhere.

  31. MSM (Good Morn MOOO Amerika)had this story on yesterday and this morning they devoted a few more extra seconds to let sheepeople know guess what NO gas!! One place is charging $4.50 per gallon, if you need/want pay our price.

    The gritching has started over the prices being charged to the fact “they are out of gas”! Those are the 20ish to 30ish drivers who appear they only thing on their mind is their next selfie.

  32. I got gas here in Alabama this morning. It was $1.93/gal. It’s a little high but still not as high as it was when I was up in Chicago a week ago. The station was pretty full of customers but it didn’t look like there were any shortages. All the pumps were open and all grades available. Of course that may be one of the benefits of living near a town with a population of about 700 with 2 gas stations.

  33. We have a gas card from Pacific Pride which only for use by card holders. Their gas and diesel is in the ground and as I said not available to the public. One of the good points of tiny town America. I would assume there are simular companies elsewhere.

  34. I returned to Florida today from the trip to N.C.
    There were a lot of closed stations between Hiawassee and Atlanta.
    Did not stop in Atlanta, and say no stations without gas south of Atlanta.
    Last word I got was that the leak would be bypassed by next week, but no set date.

  35. This current crises reminds me of the one that Started me down the path of changing my lifestyle. 5 years ago a large wind storm went through Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia, the morning after I left Cincinnati in my little sports car with the goal of visiting family on the VA, WV border.

    At a Quarter tank left of gas, 130 miles from my destination I started searching for gas stations. No stations had power to run pumps and charge cards. 9 Exits and 1.5 hours later I found one station running generators. 2 hours in line. I passed 3 cars that had run out of gas and been pushed off the road, saw one fist fight. I got lucky. The store lost one of its 2 generators just as I pulled in but it was enough power for the pump and there was satellite internet for the credit card. They also had one bottle of Gatorade that had fallen behind a rack.

    Lessons learned: Always watch the weather, Keep cash on hand, keep water and long term foods in the Truck ” no longer tiny sports car “. I never expected to see a post apocalyptic scenario play out in front of me and Realized it can happen anywhere at any time.

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