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Local gas prices could rise in wake of Alabama pipeline explosion

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A gas line explosion in Alabama is raising concerns of gas shortages and price hikes in Connecticut at a time when gas is generally nearing the lowest point of the year.

So far, prices here have not been affected; however, when supplies run low there is a growing concern among industry experts that the explosion could mean higher prices at the pump.

AAA said the key to the prices is just how long the pipeline will be off-line.

There has already been a spike in prices along some parts of the east coast.

As of Wednesday, the average price for a gallon of regular gas was $2.33, according to AAA.

"It's really bad," said Gerald Katz, Gerry's Shell in New Haven.

Katz said he has been watching oil and gasoline markets for nearly 40 years.

He said his station in the Elm City is busy all day and customers said they're not interested in spending more for gas.

"Typically this is the time of year to see it go down, so to see them think they may go up is definitely a bit of a shock, I guess," said Ryan McGuiness of New Haven.

Katz said the wholesale price of gasoline rose 10 cents on Monday. He feared another hike in the next couple of days.

"It's going to impact Connecticut because you're going to see at least a 10 cent increase," he said.

On Monday, a repair job on the pipeline ended in tragedy when an earth moving machine called a trackhoe hit the pipeline, ignited gasoline and caused a huge explosion. One worker was killed and a half a dozen were injured.

A state of emergency was declared by Alabama's governor and there are fears of gas shortages in the southeast just like in September after 250,000 gallons of gasoline leaked from the same line run by Colonial Pipeline.

AAA said the impact on eastern states like Connecticut would be minimal and temporary.

Executives at the pipeline believe gas will start flowing as early as this weekend. That should lessen the impact on other states.

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