On Friday, Washington was nearly out of gasoline, despite the fact that the nation’s largest petrol pipeline network was ramping up shipments after a cyberattack and US officials told motorists that supplies would be restored shortly.
The six-day closure of the Colonial Pipeline was the most destructive security breach on record. Panic purchasing persisted 2 days after the gas pipeline reopened, leaving gas stations in the Southeast of the United States without fuel.
Pump rates are at their peak in years, and more Americans take vacations as pandemic constraints relax. According to the American Automobile Association, the national average fuel price has gone up to about $3.04, the highest since October 2014.
As lawmakers debated bills to strengthen cyber protections, more gas stations closed in the capital city of the world’s largest oil-consuming country.
According to the monitoring company GasBuddy, gas station outages in Washington increased to 88 percent on Friday, up from 79 percent the day before. President Joe Biden told motorists that stocks will be restored by this weekend.
“Most of these states/areas with outages have continued to see panicked buying, which is likely a contributing factor to the slow-ish recovery thus far,” said GasBuddy’s Patrick De Haan. “It will take a few weeks.”
Colonial Pipeline announced late Thursday that it had reopened the entire pipeline system connecting Gulf Coast refineries to locations in the eastern seaboard.
According to a Colonial spokeswoman, the pipeline was loading at regular rates on Friday evening dependent on shipper approvals.
Few states saw minor changes, but there were also a lot of fuel outages. According to GasBuddy, 65 percent of convenience stores in North Carolina were out of diesel, while just under 50 percent were dry in Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia.
According to GasBuddy, 14,144 gas stations were out of service on Friday afternoon, down from a peak of 16,200.
Dennis Li was stranded in Washington, D.C., on Friday at a Sunoco gas station that was out of diesel. Throughout the day, he had unsuccessfully attempted to locate petrol at four different locations.
“I’m running on empty to the point where I don’t want to drive anymore,” said Li, who is from Annapolis, Maryland.
Drivers on River Road in the Washington suburb of Bethesda, Maryland, were largely quiet minutes before the last of 4 gas stations ran out of gas. Even then, some people were taken aback as they learned of the crisis.