While the Colonial Pipeline announced Thursday that deliveries were resuming, disruptions in fuel supply could linger for a few more days. The Orange County Fire Marshal would like to remind residents to follow proper procedures when dispensing and storing fuel, including using only approved containers.
"Colonial Pipeline has made substantial progress in safely restarting our pipeline system and can report that product delivery has commenced in a majority of the markets we service," the company said in a statement it posted to its website Thursday morning. "By mid-day today (Thursday), we project that each market we service will be receiving product from our system."
Residents are also asked not to purchase fuel unless it is needed, not to hoard fuel and to remain patient and civil while waiting in line.
To report price gouging, visit the N.C. Department of Justice website.
Tips for safely dispensing fuel
- When using a fuel pump, always identify the emergency shutoff prior to operation
- Shut vehicle off prior to fueling
- Avoid any activity that involves lighting a fire such as smoking, striking a match or using a lighter
- Only dispense fuel in approved containers
- Keep all ignition sources away from the fuel
- If filling an approved fuel can, always place the fuel can on the ground to prevent static electricity.