Americans across the country are finding out that their local gas stations are out of fuel.
As per the New York Post, on the Southeastern coast of the country, gas stations have started to feel the consequences of the shutdown of the biggest pipeline in the country. The said shutdown was caused by a cyberattack believed to be done by a criminal group based in Russia. The sudden closure of the Colonial Pipeline, which is 5,500 miles long, is on its fifth day. It carries over 100 million gallons of oil daily from the state of Texas all the way to New Jersey.
Gas prices up nearly a dollar a gallon since Biden’s election.
His radical war on American Energy + the overall Biden Inflation Spike from his spending explosion creates huge obstacles for the recovery, especially for middle and lower income citizens. pic.twitter.com/aufAieeT5r
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) May 10, 2021
On social media, videos went viral of people showing that any gas stations in several states don’t have gas. Such states include Arkansas, Florida, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia, among others. Panic buying is also said to have played a role in the gas shortage, but it’s difficult to say from initial reports.
The shortage follows Biden dealing with another blow last week, in which a jobs report released last month showed that the country’s economy fell short of the jobs expectations by more than 700,000. Due to this, the president has been compared to former President Jimmy Carter repeatedly.
UPDATE – Gov. Ralph Northam has issued a state of emergency to address gasoline supply disruptions in Virginia: https://t.co/XNhl5bJpXH
— InsideNoVA (@InsideNoVA) May 11, 2021
Pipeline Company Releases Statement as Gas Stations Run Dry
Colonial Pipeline issued a statement late on Monday evening. In it, the gas company said that they are continuing to work in tandem with third-party cybersecurity experts, as well as law enforcement and government agencies to solve the issue and restore their operation through a “paced approach.”
In their statement, they announced that Line 4 of the pipeline has started operating again through manual control. However, this will only run for a limited time. It said that while their mainline remains inactive, smaller lines found between terminals and points of delivery are operational again
The statement also said that the company’s priority remains to be the restoration of their pipeline system and service. They said they want to do it in a “safe and efficient” way. The company also said they will continue to provide updates about the matter.
The highest gas prices in years after the worst jobs report in years. Working families can’t afford Joe Biden’s economy. pic.twitter.com/34VEmhO3cq
— Senator Michael Rulli (@michaelrulli) May 11, 2021
As per White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Biden continues to receive regular briefings on the matter. She also said that the administration continues to work in assessing the impact of the shutdown on fuel supply on the East Coast. Psaki also said that they are monitoring the situation and assessing the impact of the shutdown on fuel supply.
She then added that Biden sent out a direction to government agencies to use their resources to help alleviate the shortage when they could.