The Colonial Pipeline that supplies gasoline, jet, and diesel fuel from the Gulf Coast to Washington, D.C., is returning to service following flooding that shuttered refinery capacity after Hurricane Harvey.
Operators of the Colonial Pipeline reported Monday night its Line 2 had resumed transporting refined oil products from Houston to locations east.
The company said it plans to restart a portion of its Line 1 pipeline between Houston and Lake Charles, La., by Tuesday.
"We have been working diligently and expeditiously to complete the repair work and restore service following Hurricane Harvey and the unprecedented flooding in the Gulf Coast last week," the company that operates the pipeline said in a statement.
The 5,500-mile pipeline is a major supply artery, linking 100 million gallons per day of refined fuels from Gulf Coast refiners to markets in the Southeast and north to the Mid-Atlantic states, all the way to Washington and New York City.
Colonial last week shut down deliveries from the pipeline in small increments on Wednesday and through the night into Thursday.
The company had said there was not enough supply being produced, nor the ability to feed fuel to the pipeline to keep the facility open due to damage, flooding, and a large part of refinery capacity going offline.
The Energy Department said Monday eight Gulf Coast refineries, representing 11.4 percent of total U.S. capacity, remained closed, while eight others had begun the process of restarting.
Crude oil prices rose Tuesday morning and gasoline prices fell, as closed refineries and other oil infrastructure such as pipelines restarted operations after Harvey.