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Colonial Pipeline Explosion Not Expected to Affect Big Bend Residents

Gas Pipe Explosion
Posted at 6:05 PM, Nov 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-02 18:31:12-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (WTXL) -- An explosion at the Colonial pipeline in Alabama has Big Bend residents wondering if this will affect the area.

The explosion caused a loss of 60,000 gallons of gas, one dead, and several injuries to the crew working on the pipeline Monday.

While the amount of gas lost may sound like a big deal at the pumps, a local expert says that we are not anticipating a shortage of gasoline.

"One thing we need to encourage people not to do is to run out and get gas. That doesn't help anything at all," says James Miller, the Communications Director for Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association. "This is a single pipeline. Florida's petroleum dealers have multiple avenues to get gasoline into the state. In fact, in Florida, at any point in time, there's a 6 day supply of gasoline, so people do no need to worry about this.">

Crews are working in Alabama to fix the pipeline in a timely manner.