Colonial Pipeline Initiates Restart, Expects Return to Normal Supply in ‘Several Days’
Alpharetta, GA – The largest refined products pipeline operator in the United States is restarting operations five days after an alleged cyberattack forced the closure of its 5,500-mile system.
In a much welcomed announcement late Wednesday afternoon, the Colonial Pipeline said it has initiated a restart.
“Colonial Pipeline initiated the restart of pipeline operations today at approximately 5 p.m. ET,” the company said. “Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period.”
Colonial said it will “conduct a comprehensive series of pipeline safety assessments” and is committed to moving “as much gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel as is safely possible… until markets return to normal.”
The pipeline giant thanked its staff along with the White House, Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, FBI, and other federal, state and local governmental agencies.
Colonial was allegedly hit last week with a ransomware attack from a cybercriminal operation called “DarkSide.”
The company has been tight-lipped about its communications with the alleged hackers and if any ransom has been offered or paid.
Meanwhile, millions of Americans across at least a dozen states have been impacted as thousands of fueling stations are currently reporting outages and shortages.
The major truck stop chains are also reporting interruptions to gas and diesel services at dozens of locations across multiple states.
One truck stop chain is now limiting fuel purchases per customer as a result.
Click HERE for the latest on the outages at truck stops.
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