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Gasoline continues to leak in Chattanooga near Suck Creek Road

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A gas pipe is still leaking in Chattanooga as of Tuesday night.

We've learned that the pipe where the leak is runs under the city of Chattanooga, but ultimately brings gas to Nashville.

Pumps are still diverting water from a creek that once ran over the pipe that's leaking.

Patrick DeHann with GasBuddy says if the project lingers on, it could affect gas prices in the place where the pipe leads to.

"This is something that will hit Nashville if it's not repaired soon but I'm not expecting any impact to Chattanooga," he said.

Colonial Pipeline says the leak is on a subline that carries gasoline straight from Atlanta to Nashville, without stopping in Chattanooga.

That's why DeHann doesn't an anticipate an effect on prices here, even if this takes several more days.

"This is a growing concern but for the time being it doesn't seem to be a huge impact on gas supply or prices," he said.

DeHann says prices are already up in Chattanooga this year, but it doesn't have anything to do with the leak.

"We are not starting off the year on a good foot. chattanooga is $2.10 today but a year ago it was only a $1.66," he said. "We are going to continue seeing that gap between this year and last year."

TDEC says it's Division of Water Resources has been performing water quality testing.

The Office of Energy Programs is working with the petroleum industry and the U.S. Department of Energy to monitor gasoline supplies and deliveries to the Nashville market.

TDEC’s Division of Remediation will oversee cleanup activities for any residual gasoline contamination in soils.

Here's the full release from Tuesday night from Colonial Pipeline:

Colonial Pipeline Company continues to respond to a gasoline leak on its Line 19, a 12-inch line near Chattanooga, Tennessee. Line 19 delivers gasoline into the Nashville market.

Crews are working to drain, remove and replace the affected segment of Line 19. The repair process is proceeding cautiously due to the terrain and the proximity of the leak to Shoal Creek. These factors have necessitated a temporary diversion of the creek to allow for safe and effective excavation. Forecasted rain tonight and Wednesday may also impact progress. Taking all of these factors into account, we are projecting a restart of Line 19 by the end of this week.

Local, state and federal authorities, including EPA, are providing oversight and assistance within a collaborative Unified Command structure. Colonial continues to monitor the air as well as the water in Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River. Safety continues to be the primary concern.

Colonial Pipeline thanks the local residents and business owners in the area for their patience and cooperation while crews work to repair the pipeline. We are also appreciative of the incredible support given by all of the agency partners – local, state and federal.

Colonial says it's providing updates on the situation on its website, here.

Depend on us to keep you posted as the cleanup continues.

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