U.S. oil pipeline was attacked and shut down for 6 days, employees manually release inventory of fuel
China News Service, May 12th. According to the “Central News Agency” report, an important U.S. oil pipeline has been shut down for 6 days due to cyberattacks. On the 12th, the staff manually released some stocks of fuel. At present, fuel shortages in various parts of the southeastern United States continue to worsen.
The “Colonial Pipeline Company”, a civilian fuel pipeline operator in the United States, was attacked by ransomware last week and stopped delivering 2.5 million barrels of fuel per day. According to the report, this is the most destructive cyber attack to lock down the US energy infrastructure.
p > On May 11, 2021 local time, near the residential area of Charlotte, North Carolina, cars lined up to refuel. Affected by the closure of the fuel pipeline, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared an emergency in the state State to ensure the state’s gasoline fuel supply.
This oil pipeline extends 8,850 kilometers from the Gulf Coast refinery to supply consumers in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern states.
According to reports, the Colonial Pipeline Company manually opened some oil pipelines to release urgently needed oil in Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, and North and South Carolina. The company said it has secured 2 million barrels of fuel to restart supply and will “substantially” resume operations before the end of this week.
In the case of drivers panic buying, this wave of fuel supply crisis has caused long queues in front of gas stations and fuel prices rise. And the end of May is the continuous holiday of Memorial Day. Traditionally, this holiday symbolizes the beginning of the summer driving season in the United States.
GasBuddy, a fuel price tracking company, said that nearly one-third of the gas stations in Atlanta, Georgia, and Rory and Charlotte, North Carolina have no fuel. The average price of regular gasoline rose to $2.99 per gallon, the highest price since 2014.