Gasoline outages are being reported in several states – and it's not necessarily due to the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline.
The nation's largest fuel pipeline restarted operations late yesterday, days after it was forced to shut down by a gang of hackers. That disruption caused long lines at gas stations in the Southeast due to distribution problems and panic-buying, draining supplies at thousands of stations (see graphic).
"It's turned into a pretty significant situation," Patrick De Haan of GasBuddy.com said on Wednesday. "I think most of the problem has been that there's a lot of hoarding and panicking going on when it comes to gasoline supply, and that is blowing this out of proportion."
As of Wednesday afternoon, De Haan said motorists were basically buying 40% more gasoline. That, he stated, "is really making this a challenging situation."
It's not as if De Haan didn't warn people. Earlier this week, De Haan suggested that people who did not have to drive should park their vehicle for a few days so as not to harm supply.
"Some people have jobs that absolutely require driving to work," he told One News Now on Monday. "If you don't absolutely need to drive, park your car for the next few days. Things will return to normal – but everyone is really relying on each other to share the gasoline that's available until the pipeline reopens."
According to The Associated Press, Colonial says it will take several days for fuel deliveries to return to normal. Colonial also is providing supply updates here.
Image above compliments of GasBuddy.com and Fox News.