Harvey Shuts Down Biggest Fuel System In US


The biggest U.S. fuel system which transports fuel between Houston and the East Coast is shutting down due to the wrath of Hurricane Harvey.

Colonial Pipeline said it would be shutting its main diesel and jet fuel line off Wednesday night as well as its gasoline and heating oil line on Thursday due to outages at the companies supply points due to the flooding and destruction of Hurricane Harvey and a lack of supply from their refiners, Reuters reported.

Twenty-six of Colonial Pipeline’s supply refineries are located between Houston and Lake Charles, La., which was the middle of the class 4 hurricane, CNNreported. Two East Coast refineries have completely ran out of gasoline for immediate delivery.

The Daily Caller News Foundation received the following statement from Colonial Pipeline:

Colonial’s Lines 1 and 2 continue to operate from Lake Charles east. Deliveries will be intermittent and dependent on terminal and refinery supply.

The lines remain down from Houston to Hebert due to the storms.

We currently estimate that we will be able to return to service from Houston Sunday, following an evaluation of our infrastructure and successful execution of our start up plan.

The DCNF has reached out to Colonial Pipeline for more in depth information about shutting off these fuel lines but did not receive comment in time for publication.

The death-toll from the storm is reportedly at 38 people including one police officer, who drowned trying to save lives.

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