The Colonial Pipeline is back in action after a six-day shutdown caused by a ransomware attack — but widespread gas station outages in the Southeast could linger for days.
Here are the latest updates on the hack, the shutdown and how it's affecting gas stations across the Southeast:
- Pipeline operations are back: The Colonial Pipeline launched the restart of its operations Wednesday evening. The pipeline will move as much gasoline, diesel and jet fuel "as is safely possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal," the company said.
- But some gas stations are still out: Despite the restart, a significant percentage of gas stations in Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina are without fuel, according to GasBuddy, which tracks fuel demand, prices and outages. That's because the 5,500-mile pipeline flows at just 5 miles per hour, meaning it could take days or even weeks for gasoline, diesel and jet fuel to flow through to most places and refill nearly empty storage.
- Don't panic and be patient, officials say: President Biden urged Americans to keep calm and avoid panic-buying fuel as Colonial Pipeline works to fully restore its pipeline operations. He sought to assure Americans that gasoline supplies would improve by the weekend and early next week. US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg also said that it will "take a few days" for gas supply to get back to normal.
- US says Moscow are not behind the hack: Biden said he does not believe the Russian government was behind the cyberattack that shut down the pipeline, but he said Moscow must do more to stop such attacks coming from Russia.