According to recent data, the United States capital is nearly out of gasoline Friday morning; such states as North Carolina and Virginia are struggling as well.
According to data posted at 9:33 am ET by GasBuddy, D.C. is experiencing a 88 percent outage, North Carolina is at 67 percent, and Virginia is at 50 percent.
The recent ransomware attack of Colonial Pipeline and ensuring concerns about gas prices have contributed to a fuel shortage on the East Coast.
“Colonial Pipeline, a critical source of fuel on the East Coast of the United States, shut down its operations on Friday after the cyberattack, prompting concerns that gas prices would rise,” the outlet said.
The reopening of the pipeline has not shorted out the shortage of gas affecting the Southeast.
Oil and refined products analyst, Patrick De Haan, said Friday “We generally only saw small outage improvement overnight, highlighting the next choke point: too many stations need fuel, not enough capacity at the rack, not enough truck drivers”:
De Haan added in a subsequent post, most of the states and areas experiencing outages have seen panic buying, “which is likely a contributing factor to the slow-ish recovery thus far. It will take a few weeks”:
President Joe Biden had no comment and refused to confirm any reports of the Colonial Pipeline paying almost $5 million to free their computer’s from the ransomware attack.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki also declined to comment when asked if the administration was aware the company reportedly paid the ransom.
“I’m just not going to have any more on that,” she stated during the White House press briefing.
“It continues to be the position of the federal government, the FBI, that it is not in the interests of the private sector for companies to pay the ransom because it incentivizes these actions,” Psaki added.