Where does gas in the Cape Fear come from?
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —As things slowly return to normal at the gas pump, many are left wondering, where does the Cape Fear area get its fuel?
WWAY spoke with North Carolina Department of Agriculture Standards Division Director, Stephen Benjamin, who shared how fuel from the pipeline, makes its way to our area.
A representative of the Wilmington Port confirmed that fuel does not arrive to the Cape Fear region through the port.
North Carolina Department of Agriculture Standards Division Director, Stephen Benjamin, says that most of North Carolina’s gas comes through two pipelines, that enters the state in designated locations.
“So most of the Gasoline in North Carolina comes through Colonial Pipeline and Plantation Pipeline, and they largely run in parallel. They come through our state in Charlotte and Greensboro, and Colonial does have some spurs that come off of that down to Apex, Selma, and to Fayetteville. So in your viewing area there may be a little bit of fuel that may come out of Fayetteville,” said Stephen Benjamin, North Carolina Department of Agriculture Standards Division Director.
Tanker trucks then go to the terminals, and transport the gas to gas stations. Two fuel terminals in Wilmington are Apex Oil Company, and Colonial Fuel and Lubricant Services. Both have tanker trucks lined up, ready to distribute fuel to local retailers.
“So there’s several terminals, and we have the same thing in Charlotte, and in Greensboro as well,” said Benjamin. “Where the fuel comes off the pipeline, Colonial, there a transport company is essentially what they’re doing and they’re either going to continue moving that fuel up the pipeline essentially up into new jersey, or they’re going to take it off and send it to terminals.”
Benjamin says the U.S. department of transportation is taking additional steps to help states negatively affected by the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline. It’s allowing 10 states, including North Carolina to use interstate highways to transport overweight loads of gasoline and other fuels, and will help distribute more gas to the empty pumps.
“That was an effort to get fuel from the places that had it, over the road, rather than through the pipeline into the areas that needed it more. So, you’ll have the pipeline back up and running, but certainly those trucks are going to be running as well,” said Benjamin.
Colonial Pipeline has said that all lines, including those lateral lines that have been running manually, will return to normal operations, but it will take several days for gas deliveries to return to normal.