Colonial Pipeline Company’s “Line 1” which delivers gas from Texas to New Jersey, was found to be leaking gas in rural Alabama on Sept. 9 and subsequently shut down for repairs.
Dozens of stations in middle Tennessee were without gas Saturday morning. Stations that did have gas were experiencing long lines as customers waited to fill up.
The Kroger on Franklin Pike in Berry Hill sold out of gas at 2 p.m. on Friday.
The station received a new shipment of gas late Friday night and reopened at 6 a.m. Saturday morning.
Customers were lined up as early as 5 a.m. to fill up their tanks.
Customer Edith Costanza said, “I did know about the shortage and that’s why I’m here, because I want to make sure I have gas next week for work.”
The American Automobile Association reported that gas prices in Tennessee had increased to an average of $2.06 per gallon as of Saturday morning, compared to $2.01 per gallon on Friday.
In Nashville, gas averaged $2.19 per gallon on Saturday morning compared with $2.08 per gallon on Friday.
Colonial Pipeline estimates its damaged line will be back in operation this coming week.