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US Gas Shortages Continue Despite Colonial Pipeline Restart

13:06  14 may  2021
13:06  14 may  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

Major US pipeline halts operations after ransomware attack

  Major US pipeline halts operations after ransomware attack WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is working with the Georgia-based company that shut down a major pipeline transporting fuel across the East Coast after a ransomware attack, the White House says. The government is planning for various scenarios and working with state and local authorities on measures to mitigate any potential supply issues, officials said Saturday. The attack is unlikely to affect gasoline supply and prices unless it leads to a prolonged shutdown, experts said. Colonial Pipeline did not say what was demanded or who made the demand.

a person standing in a parking lot: An out of service bag covers a pump handle at a gas station May 12, 2021 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Most stations in the area along I-95 are without fuel following the Colonial Pipeline hack. The 5,500 mile long pipeline delivers a large percentage of fuel on the East Coast from Texas up to New York. © Sean Rayford/Getty Images An out of service bag covers a pump handle at a gas station May 12, 2021 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Most stations in the area along I-95 are without fuel following the Colonial Pipeline hack. The 5,500 mile long pipeline delivers a large percentage of fuel on the East Coast from Texas up to New York.

Gas shortages are continuing to affect several states despite the resumption in supply to the ransomware attack-hit Colonial Pipeline, with a full return to service not expected until at least Sunday.

Although operations to all markets resumed Thursday on the pipeline, stations remained out of action in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

What we know about the Colonial Pipeline ransomware cyberattack

  What we know about the Colonial Pipeline ransomware cyberattack What we know about the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack. The latest on who is behind it, how it could impact gas prices and more. Colonial Pipeline said on Saturday that it was the victim of a cyberattack involving ransomware and had "proactively" halted all pipeline operations as a result. The 5,500-mile pipeline system transports approximately 45% of all fuel consumed on the East Coast, according to its website, and runs from Texas to New Jersey.

According to the monitoring platform GasBuddy, which tracks what stations have limited or no supply, multiple sites in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia have yet to resume full service.

How Long Will The Gas Shortage Last?

The issue first arose last Friday when a ransomware attack on the largest gasoline pipeline in the U.S. halted fuel supplies.

Operations resumed Thursday, with the Georgia-based company confirming that delivery was underway to all of its markets.

However the resumption will not be instant since the 5,500-mile pipeline pumps gas through the network at 5 miles per hour.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm tweeted that it was a "temporary situation" and said "things will return to normal by the end of the weekend."

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  Hillicon Valley: Colonial Pipeline attack underscores US energy's vulnerabilities | Biden leading 'whole-of-government' response to hack | Attorneys general urge Facebook to scrap Instagram for kids Welcome to Hillicon Valley, The Hill's newsletter detailing all you need to know about the tech and cyber news from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley. If you don't already, be sure to sign up for our newsletter by clicking HERE. Welcome! Follow our cyber reporter, Maggie Miller (@magmill95), and tech team, Chris Mills Rodrigo (@chrisismills) and Rebecca Klar (@rebeccaklar_), for more coverage.The nation's oil and gas sector was left reeling from a ransomware attack late last week that caused Colonial Pipeline to shut down operations that provide around 45 percent of the East Coast's oil.

Experts have warned that a full recovery could take several weeks.

"Colonial Pipeline can now report that we have restarted our entire pipeline system and that product delivery has commenced to all markets we serve," the company said on Thursday afternoon.

"Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during this start-up period. Colonial will move as much gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel as is safely possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal.

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  Overnight Energy: 5 takeaways from the Colonial Pipeline attack | Colonial aims to 'substantially' restore pipeline operations by end of week | Three questions about Biden's conservation goals HAPPY MONDAY. Welcome to Overnight Energy, your source for the day's energy and environment news.Please send tips and comments to Rachel Frazin at rfrazin@thehill.com . Follow her on Twitter: @RachelFrazin . Reach Zack Budryk at zbudryk@thehill.com or follow him on Twitter: @BudrykZack . Signup for our newsletter and others HERE. Today it's pipelines all the way down as we examine what you need to know about the cyberattack that's haltedToday it's pipelines all the way down as we examine what you need to know about the cyberattack that's halted operations at a pipeline serving 45 percent of people on the East Coast, plus a look at President Biden's conservation plan.

"This would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of the many Colonial team members across the pipeline who worked safely and tirelessly through the night to get our lines up and running. We are grateful for their dedicated service and professionalism during these extraordinary times."

The pipeline, which stretches from Texas to New Jersey, delivers up to 45 percent of the fuel consumed on the East Coast.

The outage caused long lines at gas stations as drivers rushed to fill up their vehicles, resulting in further severe shortages and inflated prices.

President Joe Biden said Thursday that U.S. officials did not believe the Russian government was involved in the Colonial Pipeline hack, but said officials "do have strong reason to believe that the criminals who did the attack are living in Russia. That's where it came from."

Reports quoting a U.S. official said to be familiar with the matter said a ransom payment of around $5 million was made to hackers. Newsweek contacted Colonial Pipeline for comment.

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Fact check: Viral image of plastic bags filled with gas is from 2019 .
An image claiming to show gas-filled plastic bags amid the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline was actually taken in 2019 in Mexico.The 5,500-mile Colonial Pipeline, which delivers about 45% of fuel for the East Coast, shut down on May 7 following a ransomware attack by a hacking group called DarkSide. Pipeline operations resumed on May 12.

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