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Colonial Restarts Largest U.S. Gasoline Line Post Fire

  • Pipeline was out of service for six days after Alabama fire
  • Federal, state agencies waive gasoline rules to ensure supply
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The largest U.S. gasoline pipeline restarted Sunday morning, six days after an explosion and fire in Alabama during planned work on the line.

Crews removed the affected portion of the pipeline from the blast on Saturday and installed a new segment. The company said Line 1 resumed service at 5:45 a.m. local time. The Oct. 31 explosion that killed one worker and injured several also shut a sister pipeline that hauls diesel and jet fuel for several hours. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board opened an investigation into the accident Thursday.