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Massive replenishment begins to reduce US fuel shortages

Motorists in southeastern US states continued to seek fuel on Saturday as a massive replenishment effort helped mitigate the shortage of a cyber attack that cut supplies from Florida to New Jersey.
The six-day colonial pipeline shutdown was the most disruptive cyber attack on record. Extensive panic buying continued for days after the pipeline network resumed, causing filling stations to run out of gas in the southeast of the US.
More than 14,000 gas stations surveyed by the fuel tracking app GasBuddy were experiencing an outage, below the peak of 16,200 early on Friday. According to the AAA, the nationwide average for a gallon of regular unleaded was $ 3.04, up from $ 2.95 a week earlier.
An effort in which fuel carrying ships north-east from the US Gulf Coast Refiner under emergency waivers and an 18-wheel tanker trunk transporting gasoline from Alabama to Virginia helped prevent damage.
In Washington, DC, Dennis Lee was trapped on Friday at a Sunoco gas station that ran out of fuel. He had tried to find gas at four stations during the day, but to no avail.
“I’m running empty to the point where I no longer want to drive,” said Lee, who hails from Annapolis, Maryland.
Nicholas Swann traveled to Bethesda from his home in Washington to pick up petrol, where the wait was 15 minutes.
“We were originally going to drive to the beach this weekend, but we don’t know if we will, because I can’t make it there and go back to a tank of gas,” Swan said.
Initial violation unknown
The hacking group pleaded guilty to the attack, with Darkside saying it had hacked four other companies, including a Toshiba subsidiary in Germany.
The Colonial Pipeline has not determined how the initial breach occurred, a spokesman said this week. The 5,500-mile pipeline carries 100 million gallons of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel daily from Texas refineries to East Coast markets.
Colonial has not revealed how much money the hackers were demanding or whether it paid. Bloomberg News and the New York Times reported that it paid about $ 5 million to the hackers.
Steve Boyd, a senior managing director at fuel delivery firm Sun Coast Resources, estimated that with the gasoline pipeline running at half-colonial normal speed, it could take 12 to 20 days for new deliveries to reach the northernmost point in Lyndon, New . Jersey.
There are 75 trucks supplying from terminals in Alabama and Georgia near the Sun Coast to distant retailers such as Virginia.
“If customers need us for another week or three weeks, we’ll be there,” Boyd said.


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