Atlanta motorists are bracing for another spike in gas prices and possible shortages after an explosion on Monday damaged part of the Colonial Pipeline in Alabama. This is the second accident at the pipeline, which supplies gasoline to much of the East Coast, in just two months.

Gov. Nathan Deal has issued an executive order waiving regulations for commercial truck drivers transporting motor fuel as a result of the explosion today through Nov. 15. He also encouraged drivers not to rush to gas stations to fill up, which could cause shortages.

The order reads: “Following the Colonial Pipeline rupture and explosion, I have issued an executive order suspending rules limiting drivers’ operating hours, per 49 CFR 390 et, seq. This measure is intended to help ensure uninterrupted fuel supply in Georgia as we await more information from Alabama officials. Until normal pipeline production resumes, I urge the public to maintain regular consumption levels and travel schedules.”

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.