Drivers Struggle to Find Gasoline in U.S. Southeast as Pipeline Begins Restart

An out of service fuel nozzle is covered in plastic on a gas pump at a gas station in Asheville, North Carolina, after a gasoline supply crunch caused by the Colonial Pipeline hack, May 11, 2021. Martin Brossman via REUTERS

Drivers in the U.S. Southeast struggled to find gasoline on Thursday, with most pumps in the region dry after days of panic buying, triggered by a major pipeline shutdown.

The Colonial Pipeline, which shut on Friday after a ransomware cyberattack, announced it had begun the restart process but would take days to resume normal operations. That could leave retail stations scrambling for supply for the rest of this week.

Around 70% of gas stations in the state of North Carolina were without fuel, along with about half the stations in Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia, according to tracking firm GasBuddy.

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SOURCE: Reuters