Colonial Pipeline Co. planned to restart the largest U.S. gasoline line late Wednesday. Shipments were on halt for two weeks due to leak.
It will still take several days for the fuel delivery supply chain to return to normal, Colonial said.
The company said it brought in pipe to stretch the distance of one and a half football fields as one of the emergency measures that were developed soon after the leak was discovered.
The full shutdown of Colonial’s 1.3 million-barrel-a-day gasoline pipeline choked off a key supply line to the East Coast from the Gulf Coast. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has praised Colonial for its response to the spill, saying the company treated the incident “very much like a natural disaster.”
Federal and state mandates were lifted in response to the short squeeze that led motorists to line up at supplied stations.