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Alabama, Georgia governors lift driver rules after gas spill

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ATLANTA (AP) - The governors of Alabama and Georgia have lifted restrictions on the number of hours that fuel truck drivers can work, hoping to prevent gasoline shortages after the shutdown of a leaking pipeline in rural Alabama.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley issued his order Thursday. The order remains in place for 30 days unless terminated.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal issued a four-day order on Wednesday. Deal on Friday extended the order for seven days.

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Governors can suspend federal regulations during emergencies.

Colonial Pipeline has said most of the leaked gasoline is contained in a retention pond near the city of Helena. The 250,000 gallon spill was first detected on Sept. 9, but it's not clear when it began.

The company doesn't expect to fully reopen the pipeline until next week.

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