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Hurricane Florence Response FINAL Update – September 18, 2018

  • Colonial Pipeline continues to operate at full capacity (Tuesday)
  • Colonial thanks its customers, government agencies and emergency management officials for their communications and cooperation during Hurricane Florence.  As a result of this effective coordination, deliveries of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel to affected communities continued during the hurricane.

Media can contact Ryan Rogers at 770-625-6257 or colonial_media@colpipe.com.

Hurricane Florence Response Update #6 – September 16, 2018

  • Colonial Pipeline continues to operate at full capacity (Sunday)
  • Communications with government agencies, including emergency management officials, are ongoing, as are communications with Colonial’s customer terminals.
  • Colonial’s priorities are to:
    • Ensure the safety of the public, including employees and contractors
    • Protect the environment
    • Protect assets from damage and ensure quick recovery if there is impact
    • Provide timely and accurate information to the news media and the public

Hurricane Florence Response Update #4 – September 14, 2018

  • Colonial’s mainlines continue to operate as normal (Friday)
  • Due to the storm, we are experiencing temporary communications issues with delivery facilities in eastern North Carolina.
  • All preparations for Hurricane Florence to protect our assets were completed prior to the storm’s arrival to the Atlantic coast.
  • Communications with government agencies, including emergency management officials, are ongoing, as are communications with Colonial’s customer terminals.
  • Colonial’s priorities are to:
    • Ensure the safety of the public, including employees and contractors
    • Protect the environment
    • Protect assets from damage and ensure quick recovery if there is impact
    • Provide timely and accurate information to the news media and the public

Hurricane Florence Response Update #3 — Sept. 13, 2018

  • Colonial operations continue to be normal today (Thursday).
  • Final preparations for Hurricane Florence are being completed as the storm reaches the Atlantic coast.
  • Communications with government agencies, including emergency management officials, are ongoing, as are communications with Colonial’s customer terminals.
  • Colonial’s priorities are to:
    • Ensure the safety of the public, including employees and contractors
    • Protect the environment
    • Protect assets from damage and ensure quick recovery if there is impact
    • Provide timely and accurate information to the news media and the public

Hurricane Florence Response Update #2 — Sept. 12, 2018

  • Colonial Pipeline operations continue normally today (Wednesday) as teams continue steps to protect the public safety and the environment from threats posed by Hurricane Florence.
  • Due to the storm’s apparent shift in direction, the preparations include Georgia operations in addition to Colonial facilities in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
  • Steps include maintaining adequate levels of fuel in Colonial’s storage tanks to protect against flooding from expected rainfall. Colonial is assisting customers in similar protection for their tanks.
  •  Colonial is in close communications with federal and state agencies assisting in hurricane response, as well as with customers operating terminals along the Colonial system.
  • Colonial’s goals are protecting the safety of the public and its employees, including those responding to storm conditions, and protection of the environment. Also, Colonial is protecting its assets so that, in the event normal service is interrupted, it can be safely and quickly restored. Finally, Colonial is maintaining open and timely communications so that our partners, the news media and the public can follow Colonial’s preparations for Florence.

Hurricane Florence Response Update #1 — Sept. 11, 2018

Colonial Pipeline continues to safely operate its system at full and normal rates as it, along with a large section of the Atlantic Coast, prepares for Hurricane Florence.

The priorities are:

  1. The safety of people, including the public, contractors and employees;
  2. Protection of the environment;
  3. Protecting Colonial’s assets so impact will be minimal and recovery to normal operations quick;
  4. Open and timely communication with the news media and the public of Colonial’s efforts and experiences with Hurricane Florence.

Among the activities accomplished or under way:

  • Maintaining adequate product levels in storage tanks to prevent them from floating should flooding occur.
  • Frequent communications with customers across the Carolinas and Virginia are ensuring Colonial and the terminals it serves are aware of each other’s plans, including potential evacuations.
  • Large, portable generators are on standby to be delivered to the storm zone in the event power is lost. These generators are capable of restoring limited service until commercial power is restored.
  • Staffing plans are set to help ensure operations are safe if continued and are quickly restored if lines must shut down due to weather.
  • Colonial is coordinating its efforts with PHMSA, the U.S. Department of Energy and NC, VA, SC emergency officials.