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On Saturday, the widespread gasoline shortage on the east coast of the United States began to ease slightly. The largest pipeline company in the United StatesColonial PipelineSaid that after last week’s cyberattack, it has recovered “millions of gallons per hour” of fuel delivery, and ships and trucks have also been deployed to dry storage tanks to refuel.
The six-day closure of Colonial Pipeline was the most destructive cyber attack on record, which triggered widespread panic buying among drivers.
The company is inA statement on the official social media platform stated that its team “worked tirelessly around the clock” to safely and efficiently restore service to the pipeline system, and thanked the White House, the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other government agencies. stand by.
According to a survey by the fuel tracking app GasBuddy, more than 13,400 gas stations in the east and south experienced power outages on Saturday, down from 16,200 earlier on Friday.
According to GasBuddy’s data,On Saturday afternoon, about 80% of gas stations in Washington, DC were still gas-free, an improvement from 88% late last Friday.The shortages in North Carolina and Virginia have also eased, while the shortages in Georgia remain unchanged.
Patrick De Haan, GasBuddy’s head of petroleum analysis, said that at the same time, US gasoline demand fell by 12.6% from the previous week, which may be due to the relief of panic buying after the pipeline was closed.
According to the American Automobile Association, the average price of regular unleaded gasoline in the United States on Saturday was $3.04 per gallon, compared with $2.96 per gallon a week ago.
American Automobile Association spokesperson Ellen Edmonds said that the pipeline interruption accelerated the increase in gasoline prices. “Due to rising crude oil prices and increased demand during Memorial Day in the United States, gasoline prices are already rising.” She was referring to the May 31 holiday. Traditionally it is the beginning of the summer driving season in the United States.
Edmonds said the pipeline-supplied areas saw the biggest price increases this week, with Washington up 9 cents and North Carolina up 21 cents, but as supply improves, prices should fall again.
Ships deployed under the emergency exemption are also transporting fuel from U.S. Gulf Coast refineries to the northeast, while 18 tankers are transporting gasoline from Alabama to Virginia, which helps to curb gasoline shortages.
Mizuho Securities analyst Robert Yawger said that US crude oil prices may rise slightly because refiners process more crude oil to make up for reduced gasoline inventories due to the closure of pipelines. Yawger said that Memorial Day in the United States gave refiners a “great sense of urgency.”
The hacker group accused of the attack, DarkSide, said it has hacked four other companies, including a subsidiary of Toshiba in Germany.
A spokeswoman for Colonial Pipeline said this week that the company has not yet determined how the initial invasion occurred. This 5,500-mile (8,900-kilometer) long pipeline transports 100 million gallons of gasoline, diesel, and aviation fuel from refineries in Texas to the East Coast market every day.
Colonial did not disclose how much money the hackers wanted or whether they paid the ransom. Earlier media reports stated that the company paid nearly $5 million to hackers.
Boyd Steve Boyd, senior managing director of the fuel transportation company Sun Coast Resources, estimates that if gasoline is transported on the pipeline at only half the normal speed of Colonial, it may take 12 to 20 days for the new transport to reach the peak in Linden, New Jersey. North end.
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