Update: Thursday, May 13
System restart and operational update from Colonial Pipeline
Colonial Pipeline initiated the restart of pipeline operations yesterday at approximately 5 p.m. EST. By mid-day today, we project that each market we service will be receiving product from our system.
It will take time, however, for this gas to reach the pumps. If you are affected by this crisis please continue to be resilient and as economical as is feasibly possible with the gas you currently have.
As you likely heard, a cyberattack occurred last week against Colonial Pipeline, carried out by the criminal ransomware group DarkSide. This caused a sudden shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline systems. In response to this, on May 10 and 11, respectively, the governors of North Carolina and Georgia have declared states of emergency.
- The Department of Public Safety (DPS), in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT), shall waive the maximum hours of service prescribed by DPS.
- DPS, in conjunction with DOT, shall waive certain size and weight restrictions and penalties for vehicles supporting emergency relief efforts by transporting gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products in North Carolina during the emergency.
The state of emergency will remain in effect through 11:59p.m. on May 15, 2021.
- Businesses may not charge more for products and services identified by the governor, including motor fuel and diesel fuel, than they charged before the declaration of the state of emergency, unless the increased prices accurately reflect an increase in the cost of new stock or the cost to transport it, plus the retailer's average markup percentage applied during the ten days immediately prior to the declaration of the state of emergency.
- Federal rules and regulations limiting hours that operators of commercial vehicles may drive are suspended to ensure the uninterrupted supply of petroleum products; supplies; goods and services. The suspensions will remain in effect for 30 days or until the emergency condition ceases to exist, whichever is less.
- The relaxation of weight, height and length restrictions for any such commercial vehicle traveling through the state of Georgia for the purposes of providing relief related to this state of emergency for petroleum shortage.
To expedite the transportation of fuel into and throughout the state, all fuel haulers and petroleum tankers may bypass Department of Public Safety Motor Carrier Division weigh stations and monitoring inspection stations.
We will continue to track the situation and provide updates here as we receive them.