Pipeline is back in operation but worries over gasoline prices and shortages continue

Pipeline is back in operation but worries over gasoline prices and shortages continue

CLEMMONS, N.C. (AP) — The nation’s largest fuel pipeline is back in operation, less than a week after being forced offline by a gang of hackers. Officials with Colonial Pipeline say they fired up operations again late yesterday. But it’s expected it will take several days for deliveries to return to normal. The hack caused long lines at gas stations in the Southeast because of distribution problems. Elsewhere, it triggered panic-buying, which caused thousands of gas stations to run dry. And that fueled even more panic buying.

Photo: A customer drives from a Chevron station after it ran out of gasoline, Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Miami. State and federal officials are scrambling to find alternate routes to deliver gasoline in the Southeast U.S. after a hack of the nation’s largest fuel pipeline led to panic-buying that contributed to more than 1,000 gas stations running out of fuel. The pipeline runs from the Gulf Coast to the New York metropolitan region. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)