Gas prices in South rise after pipeline spill

ATLANTA (AP) - Gasoline prices are increasing across the South following a pipeline break in Alabama.

Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama have had prices spike since the spill.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal issued an executive order aimed at preventing price-gouging by merchants amid some gas shortages caused by the break.

The spill was first detected Sept. 9. An estimate of more than 252,000 gallons was lost. Colonial Pipeline says crews have been working around the clock since it happened.

AAA Carolinas reports the average price for a gallon in North Carolina Monday was $2.16, up from $2.05 last week. In South Carolina, a gallon was selling for an average of $2.04. That's an increase of 13 cents from last week.

The difference in the prices between the states is North Carolina's higher state gasoline tax.

Tiffany Wright, a spokeswoman for the motor club based in Charlotte, North Carolina, says the higher prices should be temporary until full fuel shipments resume.

She says gas prices normally drop after the busy summer driving season. Even with the recent increases, the price of gas in the Carolinas is still less than the national average of $2.20 a gallon.