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Alabama governor declares state of emergency over pipeline spill — but it’s over shortage fears.

The Sept. 9 leak released 6,000 barrels, or 252,000 gallons, of refined gas into the environment, according to Colonial Pipeline’s estimates. The pipeline serves an estimated 50 million people each day, and CNN reports that the pipeline closure could lead to shortages — and price hikes — along the East Coast.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory* joined Alabama’s Robert Bentley and  in declaring emergencies. The executive orders allow fuel delivery truck drivers in both all three states to surpass maximum driving hours limits established by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The EPA is in place monitoring the cleanup.

 *This piece has been updated.