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There are reports of long lines at gas stations across the Southern states over fears that the hacking of a major pipeline could result in shortages.
The governor of North Carolina issued a state of emergency and temporarily suspended motor vehicle fuel regulations to ensure adequate fuel supplies throughout the Tar Heel State.
However, some gas stations have reportedly run out of gas and are not expected to receive more for several more days.
Colonial Pipeline, a Georgia-based company, had to take IT systems offline and shut down operations on Friday last week after it was targeted by a ransomware attack. Cybersecurity experts are investigating the attack, and law enforcement has been alerted.
Colonial Pipeline is crucial to fuel supplies in the U.S., stretching more than 5,500 miles and transporting as many as 2.5 million barrels of fuel per day to large U.S. markets. Its capacity is said to count for almost half of the East Coast’s fuel supplies.
Video coming out of Asheville, North Carolina show the fuel shortage in effect.— Marie Oakes (@TheMarieOakes) May 11, 2021
Some gas stations are completely out of supply, while others have lineups. pic.twitter.com/7xrSoPA99G
All the gas stations in Orange Beach 20 cars in line. Ruh roh.— Maxwins (@MaxwinsRacing) May 11, 2021