Gov. Haslam declares state of emergency to ensure uninterrupted fuel supply

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/CNN) -- According to CBS-affiliate WTVF in Nashville, Governor Bill Haslam declared a state of emergency for Tennessee to ensure uninterrupted supply of fuel in Tennessee.

CNN reports a pipeline leak in Shelby County, Alabama could affect customers on the East Coast. It reported the pipeline has been closed since September 9 after the 250,000 gallon spill. AAA reports the company planned to open the pipeline this weekend, but bad weather delayed those plans.

An expert in oil price information told AAA that the gas could begin shipping at a normal volume next week, but he said there may areas that experience occasional outages of regular gas. He said price increases will not represent a trend.

Local 8 News reached out to Weigel's in East Tennessee. Those with Weigel's said some markets are already out of a certain blend of gas. They said a repair could happen on the pipeline September 20, but there is no real timeline at this point.

You can see a map of the pipeline here.

AAA reported that Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina could be directly impacted by tighter supply and slightly increased prices.

“While there is plenty of gasoline and crude supply, the pipeline is the most efficient way to deliver the product to Tennessee,” said Stephanie Milani, Tennessee Public Affairs Director, AAA—The Auto Club Group. “I anticipate tanker trucks from Memphis and Kentucky will bring in gasoline supplies to Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville over the next several days.”

AAA reports current gas prices in Tennessee are about $2.01 per gallon, an increase of 1 cent since Thursday.

You can read the original report on cnn.com.