Gov. McAuliffe declares state of emergency to prevent gas shortages

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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ7) Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency to prevent gasoline shortages Friday.

This comes after the temporary shutdown of Colonial Pipeline's main lines in Alabama.

This could mean drivers will pay a little more for gas during the next few days, but it will only be temporary.

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order aimed at preventing a gasoline shortage due to a shutdown of a pipeline in Alabama.

McAuliffe signed the order Friday, which eases restrictions on trucks carrying gas. Those restrictions include the number of hours truck drivers can work continuously.

Colonial Pipeline Co. doesn't expect to fully reopen its primary gasoline pipeline, which has spilled more than 250,000 gallons near Birmingham, until next week. The pipeline is used to send gasoline from refineries on the Texas Gulf coast to states in the Southeast and along the East Coast.

Colonial said that supply disruptions would be felt first in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.