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  • The nation’s largest oil pipeline, which was shut down Friday after a ransomware attack, resumed operation Wednesday.
  • “It will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal,” the company said on its website.
  • “Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period.”

The nation’s largest oil pipeline, which was shut down Friday after a ransomware attack, resumed operations Wednesday. 

“It will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal,” the company said on its website. “Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period.”

Colonial has opened segments of the pipeline manually the last few days to mitigate supply issues, and analysts projected only minor effects if the pipeline resumed full operation, The New York Times reported.


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Several states saw spikes in gas prices following the shutdown, with some states’ prices jumping 8 cents or more, according to the Times. The price rose by 10 cents per gallon in South Carolina on Wednesday. 

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm urged Americans Tuesday to refrain from hoarding fuel, assuring citizens that there was not a “gasoline shortage” but a “supply crunch.” 

Granholm also addressed worries that the idea of an oil shortage could lead to price gouging, which she says will be investigated if suspected. 

"We expect that gas station owners are and should act responsibly," she said. "We will have no tolerance for price gouging. Federal and state officials will be investigating those actions if they see price gouging."

The energy secretary added there was enough gasoline to fit consumer needs, but the government was looking to ease transportation measures to resolve logistical issues.

On Sunday, the Department of Transportation issued a temporary hours-of-service exemption for transporting gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, Reuters reported.

Meanwhile, several states declared states of emergency to temporarily suspend some of their own fuel transport laws. 


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Published on May 12, 2021