Just when you thought it was safe to come outside again, things got a little damper in some parts of the country. With the pandemic decreasing in numbers in America and increasing rapidly in India, the newest shock wave sweeping across the metro Atlanta and other areas of the country is what seems to be a shortage of gas.
Gas prices have always been known to fluctuate in the US, but as of this past weekend a new underlying issue is impacting gas tanks in certain cities. Experts are speculating the possibility of what could be a gas shortage for states that rely on one major U.S. pipeline. With the shortage at the pump, the price of gas that is left is significantly higher then usual.
Unfortunately, this past weekend Colonial Pipeline was targeted by hackers which has led to the direct interruption in gas supply being delivered to certain stations that rely on the company. The colonial pipeline is the largest pipeline system for refined oil products in the U.S. With a length of 5,500 miles long, it can carry 3 million barrels of fuel in a single day between New York and Texas. Visit a local gas station in your area to fill your vehicle. The company has issued an update to the press below.
Colonial Pipeline continues to make forward progress in our around-the-clock efforts to return our system to service, with additional laterals operating manually to deliver existing inventories to markets along the pipeline. Markets experiencing supply constraints and/or not serviced by other fuel delivery systems are being prioritized. We are collaborating with the Department of Energy (DOE) to evaluate market conditions to support this prioritization.
Since our pipeline system was taken offline, working with our shippers, Colonial has delivered approximately 967,000 barrels (~41 million gallons) to various delivery points along our system. This includes delivery into the following markets: Atlanta, Ga., Belton and Spartanburg, S.C., Charlotte and Greensboro, N.C., Baltimore, Md., and Woodbury and Linden N.J. Read more here Media Statement: Colonial Pipeline System Disruption (colpipe.com)