Update #21: Colonial Pipeline – SR2448 Response, January 6, 2021, 4:30 PM EST

Colonial Pipeline Update

Colonial Pipeline Company (Colonial) continues remediation and product recovery activities at the site of an August 2020 release event outside of Huntersville, North Carolina.  We continue to work in close cooperation with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), Mecklenburg County, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

Initial land enhancement work at the equipment staging area is underway and includes creating several berms, planting shrubs, and other landscape improvements along Huntersville-Concord Road.  This work is intended to enhance the visual impact of the worksite for our neighbors and the community.

Operational Update

Colonial has completed recoating work on Line 1.  We are currently excavating Line 2 to evaluate and replace the external coating on the segment of the pipeline, as needed, in the vicinity of the release site.  This work is expected to be completed within the next three to five weeks.

Environmental Update

In consultation with the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, Colonial is in the process of clearing a linear pathway that will facilitate access to drilling equipment.  As discussed with the NCDEQ, additional product recovery wells will be installed along this pathway to expedite product recovery.  As reported to NCDEQ in our most recent 30-day report submitted on December 30, 2020, all surface and drinking water well samples continue to show no detection of petroleum products.  Through December 29, 2020, Colonial has installed a total of 78 monitoring wells and 48 recovery wells, and has recovered 11,722 barrels of product.

We remain committed to exceeding all regulatory standards and recovering all released product. We also remain committed to regaining the trust of our neighbors and will continue to work with local stakeholders in a collaborative and transparent manner.

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