Update #20: Colonial Pipeline – SR2448 Response, December 23, 2020, 4:30 PM EST

Colonial Pipeline Update

Colonial Pipeline Company (Colonial) continues remediation activities at the site of an August release from the pipeline outside of Huntersville, North Carolina. This work is in cooperation with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), Mecklenburg County, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

Operational Update

Colonial will be reducing activities onsite around the holiday (approximately December 24-27, 2020). This break is intended to minimize potential disruptions to our neighbors, and allow more of our team to rest and recognize the holiday during this period.

Recent operational work at the site has been related to completing the recoating of the new section of the Line 1 pipeline around the release site.  Beginning next week, we will also be excavating Colonial’s Line 2 to evaluate and replace the external coating on the segment of pipeline in the vicinity of the site. This work is expected to be completed within the next four to six weeks.

Environmental Update

Beginning next week, additional work will commence to clear an area that will support equipment required to install additional product recovery wells.  This work is being conducted in cooperation with the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department. Colonial is committed to working with local partners to fully remediate and restore the site.

Stakeholder Outreach

As part of our ongoing efforts to provide transparent communication, last week Colonial hosted a delegation of local and county officials for a site tour of our continuing operational and remediation activities.

In addition, we will continue to cooperate and coordinate regularly with state and federal regulators throughout this process, while also providing transparency through updates to our dedicated response website to keep the public informed of our progress.

Colonial is committed to protecting public safety, restoring the natural environment, and meeting or exceeding all required regulatory standards.

We remain committed to regaining the trust of our neighbors and will continue to work with local stakeholders in a collaborative and transparent manner.