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Canada After attack on pipeline: bottlenecks on US petrol stations

23:05  12 may  2021
23:05  12 may  2021 Source:   xml.zeit.de

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After the cyber attack on the largest gasoline pipeline in the US, it has come to bottlenecks in the southeast of the country.

«No Gas» (kein Benzin) steht an einer Tankstelle in Bethesda, einem Vorort der US-Hauptstadt Washington. © Can Merey / DPA "No Gas" (no gasoline) is at a gas station in Bethesda, a suburb of the US capital Washington.

The Expert Patrick de Haan from the market analysis company Gasbuddy announced on Wednesday afternoon (local time) on Twitter, in the state of North Carolina no gasoline is available at almost two of three petrol stations. In Virginia, 44 percent of the petrol stations are affected, in South Carolina and Georgia are 43 percent each. In other states in the southeast of the United States, there were therefore bottlenecks.

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In the US capital Washington, De Haan's data was affected every tenth petrol station. Motorists in the Greater Washington reported empty dispensers and long snakes before gas stations that still had fuel available. The US government had called the citizens on Tuesday to hoard no fuel. "We have gasoline, we just have to bring it to the right places," said Energy Minister Jennifer Granolm.

The scarcity has driven the fuel prices in the US to the highest level since 2014. The operator Colonial wants to bring the pipeline back to normal until the end of the week. The company transports about 45 percent of all fuels spent on the east coast. At the end of the past week, the company had taken certain systems for a cyber attack from the network to contain the threat.

The US Environmental Protection Agency EPA released certain legal requirements for fuels in response to the scarcity. EPA boss Michael Regan said on Wednesday, one is aware that the fuel bottlenecks because of the pipeline attack "cause stress and confusion in the lives of people".

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The Enbridge Line 5 pipeline confrontation is political theatre at its best and worst. But this doesn’t mean it’s inconsequential. There is virtually zero chance that the Governor of Michigan can unilaterally close down an existing pipeline that crosses both state and international boundaries. This type of issue is way outside any one state’s jurisdiction. But this doesn’t mean that Canada will have won. We may win this battle, but we are still losing the war to Blockadia — the well-organized, well-financed crusade to block oil pipelines out of Canada, and, by extension, to shut down the Canadian oilsands.

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