June 13, 2010 / 6:33 PM / 7 years ago

Colonial sees no supply problems after fire

TORONTO (Reuters) - Colonial Pipeline said it does not expect the early morning fire at its Greensboro, North Carolina, facility to disrupt supplies along the nation’s largest refined oil products pipeline, a spokesman for the company said on Sunday.

“We do not think this incident will disrupt our supplies,” said Steve Baker, a company spokesman.

Baker said the lines were shut down early Sunday morning as a precaution after lightning struck a 42,000-barrel tank about half full of gasoline, causing it to catch on fire.

The fire was put out and the lines were restarted before noon, Baker said.

The lines impacted were the main lines that carry gasoline and distillate from Gulf Coast refineries as well as three stub lines serving the Greensboro region.

The company said it would put out a new schedule later Sunday.

Reporting by Janet McGurty, editing by Maureen Bavdek

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