• 3 minutes e-car sales collapse
  • 6 minutes America Is Exceptional in Its Political Divide
  • 11 minutes Perovskites, a ‘dirt cheap’ alternative to silicon, just got a lot more efficient
  • 2 days The United States produced more crude oil than any nation, at any time.
  • 8 days e-truck insanity
  • 3 days How Far Have We Really Gotten With Alternative Energy
  • 7 days Oil Stocks, Market Direction, Bitcoin, Minerals, Gold, Silver - Technical Trading <--- Chris Vermeulen & Gareth Soloway weigh in
  • 6 days James Corbett Interviews Irina Slav of OILPRICE.COM - "Burn, Hollywood, Burn!" - The Corbett Report
  • 6 days The European Union is exceptional in its political divide. Examples are apparent in Hungary, Slovakia, Sweden, Netherlands, Belarus, Ireland, etc.
  • 8 days Biden's $2 trillion Plan for Insfrastructure and Jobs
  • 8 days "What’s In Store For Europe In 2023?" By the CIA (aka RFE/RL as a ruse to deceive readers)
  • 11 days Bankruptcy in the Industry
Charles Kennedy

Charles Kennedy

Charles is a writer for Oilprice.com

More Info

Premium Content

Panic Buying And Gas Shortages Sweep The East Coast

Gasoline pump

More than a thousand fuel stations in the Southeast have sounded the alarm on gasoline and diesel shortages caused by panic buying and shuttered pipelines, the Associated Press reports, citing analysts.

The panic was provoked by the ransomware attack that shut down the Colonial pipeline system at the end of last week, with operations along the network yet to be fully restored.

NPR quoted an AAA spokeswoman as saying gas prices were already rising, as the network remained shut for the fourth day in a row.

"They have gone up as high from anywhere from three to 10 cents overnight," Tiffany Wright said.

While thousands of Americans are unable to fill up, the government continues to quibble about whether the lack of gasoline should be referred to as an “outage” or a “supply crunch”.

One gas station employee from South Carolina said their pumps were empty as people rushed to stock up on gasoline after learning of the outage.

The Department of Energy tweeted early today that officials were working around the clock with federal, state, and local authorities to speed up the restart of the pipeline system that supplies close to half of the fuels that the East Coast consumes.

Related Video: Massive American Pipeline Shut Down in Cyber Attack

Meanwhile, refiners on the Gulf Coast are scrambling for available tanker capacity to stock their fuel offshore. Refiners are also booking vessels to ship fuel to destinations such as the Far East, Brazil, and the Caribbean. As a result, tanker rates are going through the roof.

The Colonial pipeline system is the biggest pipeline infrastructure in the United States, running 5,500 miles from Houston to Linden, New Jersey, carrying some 2.5 million barrels of gasoline and diesel daily.

It was hacked on Friday by a group known as DarkSide, which this week said in a statement it had not meant to cause problems for the general population. The group targets corporations, using ransomware to block their systems and only release them after a ransom is paid.

“Our goal is to make money, and not creating problems for society. From today we introduce moderation and check each company that our partners want to encrypt to avoid social consequences in the future,” DarkSide said in the statement, as quoted by CNBC


By Charles Kennedy for Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:

Download The Free Oilprice App Today

Back to homepage

Leave a comment
  • George Doolittle on May 12 2021 said:
    There obviously is no energy shortage in the USA with quite the opposite being true meaning the USA has a literal glut of everything at the moment that yes absolutely includes energy.

    *Tough market corner* i guess I would say to push back against what this article seems to be saying.

Leave a comment

EXXON Mobil -0.35
Open57.81 Trading Vol.6.96M Previous Vol.241.7B
BUY 57.15
Sell 57.00
Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News