Atlanta’s gasoline supply depends in large part on a pipeline that ruptured twice in less than two months, demonstrating how fragile the availability of motor fuel might be.

A September break in the Colonial pipeline near Birmingham led to a price spike and some spotty shortages. Then a fire in late October near the location of the original break threatened to do the same.

That pipeline delivers 100 million gallons daily of distilled petroleum products to markets from Houston to New York. It carries about 40 percent of gasoline for the metro Atlanta market. 

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