"They project the line will restart tomorrow, however, it will still take a few days for the fuel supply chain to return to normal", he said.
"That causes more problems than anything", McCrory said, because it disrupts the normal supply and demand for what is available.
N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory asked state agencies Monday to find ways to reduce fuel use.
Drivers in the Southeast may soon see relief at the gas pump.
Since then, gas supplies have slowed and prices have increased in states as far north as Virginia.
"We're having some shortages that are from North Carolinians coming over to South Carolina", Haley said, encouraging motorists to buy gas as they normally would.
Crews built a bypass to move fuel around the leak site, and the bypass was completed earlier this week.
The pipeline's main gasoline shipping route-carrying fuel from refiners on the Gulf Coast to consumers along the Atlantic-has been largely out of commission since September 9, when a massive leak was discovered in Alabama. Officials don't know when it began, but it's believed to have leaked more than 250,000 gallons of gasoline. "And resist the temptation to run to the gas station to top off their tanks", McCrory said. While most gas station prices in Lumberton jumped over the weekend, they stayed steady at around $2.20 a gallon on Tuesday. RBOB futures for October fell 4.7 percent to $1.39 per gallon.
A higher prices could last a while longer as the new gasoline supply takes a while to reach its markets in the Deep South and along the Eastern seaboard.
Colonial Pipeline is proceeding on schedule to restart its Line 1 "this evening", said a company news release, more than 12 days after a significant leak in Shelby County, Ala. forced the line to shut down. Bentley said Monday that the price sometimes changes that much overnight. He just returned from a road trip to Louisiana, where he helped people after the floods there, he said.
AAA Carolinas said the average price for a gallon in North Carolina was $2.16 - up from $2.05 last week. "There have been recent reports that wholesale and retail gas prices have substantially increased in some markets". Violators can be fined up to $5,000.