U.S. energy officials looking into shortages after Colonial blast

U.S. energy officials sought to determine the extent of gasoline shortages on Wednesday, two days after a fatal blast in Alabama shut a crucial supply pipeline to the East Coast, as retail gasoline prices inched higher in southeastern states. Monday’s blast, which killed one worker and injured five others, occurred several miles from September’s gasoline spill that interrupted Colonial Pipeline Co’s main line flow for 12 days. The leak was the largest in two decades. A small fire continued to burn at the blast site on Wednesday morning, a Colonial [COLPI.UL] spokesman said. The company is trying to complete repairs on the line and resume shipments as early as midday on Saturday.

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