May 14, 2021 - Economy & Business

Gas shortages persist after Colonial Pipeline restarts service

A worker putting an "out of service" bag an empty gas pump in Kennesaw, Georgia, on May 13.
A worker putting an "out of service" bag an empty gas pump in Kennesaw, Georgia, on May 13. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Gas stations in 12 states and the District of Columbia are still experiencing fuel shortages after Colonial Pipeline resumed service following a ransomware attack that caused the pipeline to shutdown, according to crowdsourced data collected by GasBuddy.

The state of play: Colonial Pipe said in a statement Wednesday it would take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal following its restart.

By the numbers: The percentage of gas stations with fuel outages per state and D.C. as of 12:34 P.M. ET, according to GasBuddy:

  • Georgia: 47%
  • Alabama: 9%
  • Tennessee: 31%
  • South Carolina: 48%
  • North Carolina: 65%
  • Florida: 27%
  • Virginia: 45%
  • Maryland: 39%
  • Mississippi: 7%
  • West Virginia: 6%
  • Kentucky: 2%
  • District of Columbia: 88%

Of note: All data reported by GasBuddy is crowdsourced from app users and therefore may not reflect the most current information.

What they're saying: "The good news is that ... gas station outages are down about 12% from the peak," as of Friday afternoon, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in an interview with the AP. "It's still going to work its way through the system over the next few days, but we should be back to normal fairly soon."

The big picture: The hacker group DarkSide, which was responsible for the ransomware attack that shut down the pipeline, claims to be shutting down after it lost access to the infrastructure needed to carry out its extortion operations.

  • Yes, but: Security experts warn that cyber criminal groups often disband and return under different names, and it therefore can't be determined if the disruption to DarkSide's infrastructure is legitimate or permanent.
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