The Consequences of a Cyber Attack on United States Coastal Pipeline They continue to grow in severity as three more states have declared a state of emergency for the situation.
The Colonial Pipeline, responsible for delivering nearly half of the fuel consumed on the East Coast, transports approximately 3 million barrels of fuel from Texas to New York every day.
The pipeline was affected by ransomware Dark side In an attack that temporarily blocked and locked the company’s computer systems, the FBI confirmed it in a statement.
Drivers in North Carolina and the East Coast are already feeling the effects of the shutdown, and many are waiting “hours” to refuel their cars.
Some petrol stations and suppliers no longer have a fuel supply.
The governors of Virginia, Florida, and Georgia have signed executive orders in their respective states to ban the metering of fuel prices and prepare for possible fuel shortages.
“This emergency statement will help the Commonwealth prepare for potential supply shortages and ensure that Virginia drivers have access to fuel when we respond to this developing situation,” Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said in a statement.
Impressive! Gasoline prices at this BP gas station on Williamsburg Road in Richmond are now up to $ 6.99. When we got there about 20 minutes ago it was $ 5.99.
One woman who lives in this area says when it was full two hours ago it was $ 2.99. @ CBS6 pic.twitter.com/LBbtAuDGRi
– Shannon Lilly CBS 6 (@ShannonLillyTV) May 11, 2021
Therefore the governor of Virginia should not have declared a state of emergency, he automatically caused a false panic for no reason.
– Steven Badeau (@StevenBadeau) May 12, 2021
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management urged residents not to panic about buying gasoline out of fear.
“This can lead to temporary bottlenecks in the stations, which we do NOT want”, said the organization. “Colonial Pipeline expects normal operations to resume soon.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a similar ordinance, and many Floridians found that many gas stations have run out of fuel.
73% of Pensacola does not contain gasoline
44% of Tallahassee has no gasoline
15% of Gainesville is gasoline-free
The rest of FL looks fine
– Patrick De Haan (@GasBuddyGuy) May 12, 2021
Although southern Florida does not receive gas from the Colonial Pipeline (it gets fuel from barges sent to ports), panic buying and stockpiling can cause disruption and inflation across the state.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp also declared an emergency, finding that he had suspended gasoline tax in his state.
Today I signed an executive order suspending the gas tax in Georgia to help with higher prices as a result of the colonial cyber attack. We are working closely with Colonial and expect them to recover by the end of the week. pic.twitter.com/evGLqwHs2X
– Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) May 11, 2021
“We are taking steps to ease the cost burden on Georgians while Colonial recovers by suspending fuel taxes, increasing the weight limit on delivery trucks and banning excessive price increases,” Kemp said.
At the national level, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued an emergency waiver designed to help prevent fuel shortages on the East Coast – including Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and DC – by waiving Reid’s vapor pressure requirements for gas sold in select countries Areas.
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm urged the affected Americans to be vigilant about price increases.
“We expect gas station owners to act responsibly,” he said. “We will not tolerate excessive price increases. Federal and state officials will investigate these measures if they discover excessive price increases.”
US gasoline prices rose to an average of $ 3,008 per gallon on Tuesday, May 12.