SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The U.S. Department of Transportation is weighing in on a massive fuel spill in Shelby County.
The Department is ordering Colonial Pipeline Company to take corrective action before the fuel starts going again. Earlier this month, it was discovered thousands of gallons of fuel leaked out of a broken pipeline in Helena.
The DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Agency is investigating the spill. The agency says Colonial Pipeline must conduct testing and analysis on the failed section of the pipeline that runs from Mississippi to Atlanta, Georgia.
Colonial Pipeline is now working on an alternative plan to keep fuel flowing through the Southeast. They’re starting work on a bypass line around the leak site.
The company says the Cahaba Wildlife Management Area between Highway 270 and Copperhead Road will remain closed to non-residents while construction is underway. Crews are still investigating what led to the spill.