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Old 05-11-2021, 05:52 PM   #1
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CHAMBLEE, Ga. - More than 1,000 gas stations in the Southeast reported running out of fuel, primarily because of what analysts say is unwarranted panic-buying among drivers, as the shutdown of a major pipeline by a gang of hackers entered its fifth day Tuesday.

Government officials acted swiftly to waive safety and environmental rules to speed the delivery of fuel by truck, ship or rail to motorists and airports, even as they sought to assure the public that there was no cause for alarm.

The Colonial Pipeline, the biggest fuel pipeline in the U.S., delivering about 45% of what is consumed on the East Coast, was hit on Friday with a cyberattack by hackers who lock up computer systems and demand a ransom to release them. The attack raised concerns, once again, about the vulnerability of the nation’s critical infrastructure.

A large part of the pipeline resumed operations manually late Monday, and Colonial anticipates restarting most of its operations by the end of the week, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said.

Motorists may still feel a crunch because it takes a few days to ramp up operations, but she said there is no reason to hoard gasoline.

"We know that we have gasoline; we just have to get it to the right places," she said.

S&P’s Oil Price Information Service put the number of gas stations encountering shortages at more than 1,000.

"A lot of that is because they’re selling three or four times as much gasoline that they normally sell in a given day, because people do panic," said Tom Kloza, an analyst with S&P. "It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy."

The pipeline runs from the Texas Gulf Coast to the New York metropolitan area. The states most dependent on the pipeline include Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas, Kloza said.

In Virginia, 7.7% of the state’s nearly 3,900 gas stations reported running out of fuel Tuesday, according to Gasbuddy.com, which tracks supply. In North Carolina, 8.5% of almost 5,400 stations were out, the company said.

There were scattered reports of higher gasoline prices, but prices were rising even before the pipeline incident heading into the busy summer driving season. Nevertheless, Granholm warned gas station owners, "We will have no tolerance for price gouging."

To ease brief shortages, the White House is considering temporarily waiving a law that says ships delivering products between U.S. ports must be built and manned by Americans.

The Transportation Department also is relaxing some workforce requirements and enlisting railroads to deliver fuel inland. And the Environmental Protection Agency lifted some fuel quality requirements on an emergency basis.

"We’re looking at every option we have across the federal government and all of the federal agencies," Granholm said.

In Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp suspended state taxes on motor fuels through Saturday. Georgia collects a gasoline tax of 28.7 cents per gallon and a diesel tax of 32.2 cents per gallon.

"It will probably help level the price at the pump off for a little while," Kemp said.

However, he urged people not to hoard gasoline, saying he expects the situation to be resolved soon.

"You don’t need to go out and fill up every 5-gallon can you’ve got," the governor said.

Scattered gas stations in metro Atlanta were out of fuel Monday and Tuesday. In Georgia, nearly 6% of about 6,400 stations had run out of fuel, Gasbuddy.com said.

In Florida, drivers in some areas faced long lines, and 3% of gas stations had run out.

Dave Gussak drove from one station to the next in Tallahassee, Florida, in search of gas, seeing a line nearly a mile long at the pumps outside a Costco. He eventually passed a station with gas on the way to Florida State University where he works.

"This is insane," he said.

Irena Yanava’s tank was about half full, but she wasn’t about to take chances as she sat in her car at the same Tallahassee gas station.

"I know that I’ll be needing it soon, so why not?" she said.

Citgo's Fairfax, Virginia, terminal ran out of premium reformulated gasoline, and its Richmond, Virginia, terminal was out of unleaded regular, according to the American Automobile Association, citing a shipper bulletin,

The Colonial Pipeline carries jet fuel as well. American Airlines rerouted two long-haul flights from Charlotte, North Carolina, because of possible shortages. Passengers flying to Honolulu will have to change planes in Dallas, and those heading to London will stop in Boston to refuel.

Southwest and United flights carried extra fuel on flights to Nashville, Tennessee, Baltimore and some other airports in case jet fuel was unavailable at those airports. Normally airlines load only enough fuel for a single flight, because topping off adds to the plane’s weight and hurts mileage. Most planes can carry enough fuel for a round trip, but the extra fuel burn costs money.

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Bussewitz reported from New York and Caina Calvan reported from Tallahassee. Associated writers Aamer Madhani in Washington, Michelle Chapman in New Jersey and David Koenig in Dallas contributed to this report.
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Old 05-11-2021, 06:03 PM   #2
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I’m lucky I live somewhere I can ride a bike if I have to. Just make sure my car has a full tank for necessities and bike anywhere else I have to go.
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Old 05-11-2021, 06:38 PM   #3
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I don't need a car. I have two. Freedom.
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Old 05-11-2021, 07:30 PM   #4
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Ah yes, I can see it now. "Love they neighbors but screw you im hoarding this gasoline."
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Old 05-11-2021, 10:29 PM   #5
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Old 05-12-2021, 06:25 AM   #6
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Only a matter of time before people start siphoning gasoline from parked cars.
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Old 05-12-2021, 08:59 AM   #7
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Only a matter of time before people start siphoning gasoline from parked cars.
Its hurricane season all over
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Old 05-12-2021, 09:16 AM   #8
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Part of the American culture.. hoarding and looting. and they pretend to like to share..BS
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Old 05-12-2021, 09:51 AM   #9
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Obviously it's antifa's fault posing as fat disgusting rednecks filling their 5 gallon unsealed buckets with fuel to tote in their giant SUV's before going to get some of the lords deep fried chicken where they'll talk sideways about their neighbors.
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Old 05-12-2021, 10:16 AM   #10
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people have been conditioned for fear. This is what happens when you pump in fear 24/7/365 for two year about dying due to COVID or Hurricanes, or whatever. People stock up on what they feel they will need. Constant unending fear mongering eventually starts to set in and rational thought escapes some people. People do not trust each other anymore. They are encouraged to look at each other like plague carrying zombies. So people do what people do.. they take care of themselves first.

This complete over reaction is just an extension of the COVID toilet paper stupidity.

FEAR FEAR. Nothing but death and horror on the news has strained peoples faith in mankind to the point they actually look to the government for help.. which is just pathetic.
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Old 05-12-2021, 11:26 AM   #11
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Ah yes, I can see it now. "Love they neighbors but screw you im hoarding this gasoline."

It happens here. News notified that we'd have a couple of days of shortage and lines formed, people got crazy. People are work were panicking, and I had one lady stating "you're lucky you have that electric car". I tried to reason with her and them that it's only going to be a couple of days, max 4-5 and they should all be alright. Just go to work and cut out the unnecessary trips. Through one ear and out the other. When it was absolutely convenient I remember getting like 1/8 of a tank. I think it was 4 days and everything was back to normal. But that didn't stop these idiots. Any tempoary changes to their "convenience" based lifestyle and the bird brains cannot handle it.


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Old 05-12-2021, 11:45 AM   #12
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Charlotte, NC area resident here and I can confirm that people are idiots. Huge lines at every station and now many are out of gas. Some are still getting regular shipments but they get bought up by people losing their s**t as soon as they arrive.
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Old 05-12-2021, 11:53 AM   #13
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that pic says harvey flooding disaster..
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Even with those 5 jugs that's only what, 10 gallons? Stupid.
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This complete over reaction is just an extension of the COVID toilet paper stupidity.
is it though? there have been plenty of runs on gasoline in the past from things like hurricanes. People already have this knee jerk reaction with gasoline embedded in their brain. The toilet paper shortage was caused by real events - fewer people wiping their ass with work-supplied toilet paper, which is manufactured different than household toilet paper...
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The toilet paper shortage was caused by real events - fewer people wiping their ass with work-supplied toilet paper, which is manufactured different than household toilet paper...
That is ABSOLUTELY not what caused the toilet paper shortage... it was spurred by FUD and people going "oh ****, maybe I should overbuy a supply, too!"
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That is ABSOLUTELY not what caused the toilet paper shortage... it was spurred by FUD and people going "oh ****, maybe I should overbuy a supply, too!"
https://marker.medium.com/what-every...e-c812e1358fe0

No doubt there was a panic and related cycle of buying TP - but there was more at play. When 1/2 of someone's waking days, 5 days a week, are spent at work, using work-supplied commercial toilet paper, and they suddenly switch to a completely different product manufactured with different raw materials on different lines, the manufacturers and supply chains couldn't keep up. They weren't designed for a close to doubling of demand for residential TP. Commercial TP was easy to come across during that shortage, but nobody wants that in their house. Sure, some people hoarded, but mostly, demand just rose because people were now using their own TP all day long.

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The big Carrot and Stick. You'll see more of this in future.
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Good thing I only have to drive 20 miles out of my way to get my 12 gallons of E85 and a spritz of 93. Aren't any of these people still working from home?
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Good thing I only have to drive 20 miles out of my way to get my 12 gallons of E85 and a spritz of 93. Aren't any of these people still working from home?
That's why I give zero ****s. If we run out of gas, I'm just working from home instead of driving into the office.
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Obviously it's antifa's fault posing as fat disgusting rednecks filling their 5 gallon unsealed buckets with fuel to tote in their giant SUV's before going to get some of the lords deep fried chicken where they'll talk sideways about their neighbors.
Nah, this is clearly Orange Man’s fault, Orange Man bad.
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Old 05-12-2021, 11:12 PM   #22
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I think gas on the East / South East coast, even with the shortage, is still cheaper than gas out here .
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that pic says harvey flooding disaster..
Yup, and I’m North enough that Harvey just caused some flooding and heavy rain. The D isn’t Houston and this hoarding was completely unnecessary up here. I watched the news and saw lines for miles. People are just idiots. I think the “shortage” here, lasted 3-4 days whole days. I had people calling “Did you fill up?” I said I grabbed 1/8th of a tank in my gas car to have a half tank of fuel in case I need to drive anywhere this week. Other than that, it’s commerce man, trucks will come in, we’ll have fuel by the weekend, and we did. 3-4 days later nobody was talking about gasoline anymore. Just a bunch of idiots that have to pour from a can into their CUV’s or have a stash of fuel for 2-3 years for the lawn equipment. Their stupidity has no bounds. Gasoline, TP, or AR15’s. Muricans and panic buying. “Oh I hear they are getting low on dildos and there will be massive scarcity! Honey, grab the keys to the CUV, QUICK! Let’s get to the adult store and buy them all. We’ll make a got damn fortune on EBAY! MURICA!!!!!!!!!”

Holler at me when the majority instead of the minority at least tries to be inspired by the good book and love thy neighbors instead of horde from thy neighbors. And holler at me when they stop risking lives driving around surfing on their phones. Don’t worry I’ll wait.
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Colonial Pipeline Paid Hackers Nearly $5 Million in Ransom

Bloomberg) -- Colonial Pipeline Co. paid nearly $5 million to Eastern European hackers on Friday, contradicting reports earlier this week that the company had no intention of paying an extortion fee to help restore the country’s largest fuel pipeline, according to two people familiar with the transaction.The company paid the hefty ransom in difficult-to-trace cryptocurrency within hours after the attack, underscoring the immense pressure faced by the Georgia-based operator to get gasoline and jet fuel flowing again to major cities along the Eastern Seaboard, those people said. A third person familiar with the situation said U.S. government officials are aware that Colonial made the payment.

Once they received the payment, the hackers provided the operator with a decrypting tool to restore its disabled computer network. The tool was so slow that the company continued using its own backups to help restore the system, one of the people familiar with the company’s efforts said.

A representative from Colonial declined to comment, as did a spokesperson for the National Security Council. Colonial said it began to resume fuel shipments around 5 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday.

The hackers, which the FBI said are linked to a group called DarkSide, specialize in digital extortion and are believed to be located in Russia or Eastern Europe.

On Wednesday, media outlets including the Washington Post and Reuters, also based on anonymous sources, reported that the company had no immediate intention of paying the ransom.

Ransomware is a type of malware that locks up a victim’s files, which the attackers promise to unlock for a payment. More recently, some ransomware groups have also stolen victims’ data and threatened to release it unless paid -- a kind of double extortion.

The FBI discourages organizations from paying ransom to hackers, saying there is no guarantee they will follow through on promises to unlock files. It also provides incentive to other would-be hackers, the agency says.

However, Anne Neuberger, the White House’s top cybersecurity official, pointedly declined to say whether companies should pay cyber ransoms at a briefing earlier this week. “We recognize, though, that companies are often in a difficult position if their data is encrypted and they do not have backups and cannot recover the data,” she told reporters Monday.

Such guidance provides a quandary for victims who have to weigh the risks of not paying with the costs of lost or exposed records. The reality is that many choose to pay, in part because the costs may be covered if they have cyber-insurance policies.

“They had to pay,” said Ondrej Krehel, chief executive officer and founder of digital forensics firm LIFARS and a former cyber expert at Loews Corp., which owns Boardwalk Pipeline. “This is a cyber cancer. You want to die or you want to live? It’s not a situation where you can wait.”

Krehel said a $5 million ransom for a pipeline was “very low.” “Ransom is usually around $25 million to $35 million for such a company. I think the threat actor realized they stepped on the wrong company and triggered a massive government response,” he said.

A report released last month by a ransomware task force said the amount paid by victims increased by 311% in 2020, reaching about $350 million in cryptocurrency. The average ransom paid by organizations in 2020 was $312,493, according to report.

Colonial, which operates the largest fuel pipeline in the U.S., became aware of the hack around May 7 and shut down its operations, which led to fuel shortages and lines at gas stations along the East Coast.

(Updates with additional information on Colonial fuel service in fourth paragraph and comment in 10th paragraph.)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/colon...j-Z4b6Je9N6egW
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