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A federal investigation is blaming inadequate work by an excavation crew for a pipeline explosion that killed two people in Alabama and slowed the flow of fuel to the Eastern Seaboard in 2016.

A report released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board says excavators used heavy machinery to dig up a Colonial Pipeline pipe when the work should have been done by hand. It says a machine hit a fitting on the pipeline, unleashing gasoline and starting a blaze that killed two people and hurt four others.

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Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline Co. is suing an Alabama contractor over a spill that threatened U.S. gasoline supplies three years ago.

The pipeline operator contends faulty work by the Birmingham-based Ceco Pipeline Services caused a crack that spilled at least a quarter-million gallons of gasoline in rural Shelby County in 2016.

The spill shut down a major pipeline for weeks, tightening gasoline supplies along the Eastern Seaboard.

OSHA: Second Injured Pipeline Worker Dead

Dec 7, 2016
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Alabama EMA

Officials with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration say a second worker who was injured in the Colonial Pipeline explosion in late October has died.

OSHA says the worker died on Nov. 22 from injuries received during the explosion in Shelby County.

The federal agency says the worker's employer, Heflin-based L.E. Bell Construction, did contact OSHA to inform the administration of the death.

OSHA did not identify the worker.

Colonial officials say eight people on the nine-member crew that was working on the pipeline were employees of L.E Bell.

Hunters are clear to use an Alabama wildlife management area shut down by a major gasoline pipeline leak in September.

State officials say the William R. Ireland, Sr. Cahaba River Wildlife Management Area has been reopened between Brantleyville and Glen Carbon. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says cleanup and remediation efforts are complete, allowing big and small game hunters to return.

Colonial Restarts Gas Pipeline

Nov 7, 2016
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Brynn Anderson / AP

The company that owns the gasoline pipeline that exploded and erupted into flames last week says the line is back in service.

Colonial Pipeline executives say service was restarted at around 5:45 yesterday morning. The pipeline transports gasoline from the Gulf Coast to New York City.

The line exploded last Monday at a site about 25 miles southwest of Birmingham while a crew was making repairs related to a leak in September that spilled over three hundred thousand gallons of gasoline.

Blast-damaged gasoline line should reopen Sunday

Nov 4, 2016

The company that owns the gasoline pipeline that exploded and erupted in flames in Alabama this week says it expects to restore service to the line on Sunday.

Officials with the Colonial Pipeline Co. say it is constantly reassessing the timeline for a restart but that its current projection is Sunday afternoon.

The large pipeline, which transports gasoline from the Gulf Coast to New York City, exploded Monday while a crew was making repairs related to a September gas spill.

Company begins excavating pipeline after leak

Nov 3, 2016

A company says it is excavating the gasoline pipeline that exploded and erupted in flames in Alabama this week.

A statement from the Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline Co. today says "substantial progress" has been made since work began last night at the rural site southwest of Birmingham.

The company says the remaining small fire will be extinguished and draining operations will continue once preparations are finished.

Colonial Pipeline explosion kills one, injures others

Nov 1, 2016

A federal agency that regulates pipelines says contractors were working on repairs stemming from a September leak when gasoline ignited and spread fire to the Colonial pipeline in Alabama.

Colonial Pipeline executive Gerald Beck says a nine-man crew was using a track hoe to excavate the pipeline as part of preparation work so permanent repairs of the September leak could be made. Beck says the track hoe — a large piece of heavy equipment — struck the pipeline yesterday, causing the explosion.

Gas prices likely to increase due to pipeline explosion

Nov 1, 2016

Officials with the Colonial Pipeline say it has restarted one of its two main pipelines after an explosion in Alabama.  The Georgia-based company says that it restarted its Line 2, which transports diesel, jet fuel and other products around 11 this morning.

A Colonial Pipeline leak last month led to gas shortages and rising prices across the South.  Clay Ingram is the Public Relations manager for Triple A of Alabama.  He says the shutdown will likely affect prices at the pump…

One Killed, 6 Injured in Pipeline Explosion

Nov 1, 2016
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Alabama EMA

One worker has been killed and six more were injured after a gasoline pipeline exploded yesterday afternoon near Helena, Alabama.

The explosion occurred near the site of a leak found last month that spilled at least 300,000 gallons of gasoline. Pipeline operator Colonial says a contract crew working on the pipeline “experienced an incident” when the trackhoe they were using hit the line.

Colonial Restores Service to Alabama Pipeline

Sep 22, 2016
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Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

Colonial Pipeline has restored service to a gasoline pipeline in Alabama that was shut down after a major leak, causing gas shortages and rising fuel prices across the South.

Colonial officials released a statement saying the pipeline had reopened as of last night. The leak was discovered September 9 near Helena, Alabama, when state workers noticed a very strong gasoline odor at a man-made retention pond.