Southeast Hit by Gas Shortages After Colonial Pipeline Hack

Headline Roundup May 11th, 2021

Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina are implementing emergency measures to quell potential gasoline shortages after a cyberattack prompted a major pipeline to shutdown over the weekend. The Colonial Pipeline announced Saturday that operations would temporarily shut down following the ransomware attack. The pipeline delivers roughly 45% of all of fuel consumed along the east coast, and reportedly hopes to resume service substantially by the end of this week. Meanwhile, between 3% and 9% of gas stations in the three aforementioned states, as well as Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee, were reportedly without gasoline as of midday Tuesday.

The news was covered on all sides. Some reports from left- and center-rated sources focused more on panic-buying as a potential irritant for the shortages. Right-rated outlets covered the news more prominently, often framing rising gas prices in the context of Biden's presidency and highlighting videos of apparent lines at gas stations across the southeastern U.S. Others on the right and elsewhere throughout the spectrum criticized a tweet from the New York Times (Lean Left bias) Monday morning saying "there have been no long lines" at gas stations; the Times' story has been updated with more context since Monday morning.

From the Right

President Biden has overseen a steep increase in gas prices since taking the oath of office in January.

On January 21, an average gallon of regular gasoline cost $2.33, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). By the start of this week, that figure had risen to $2.96 and today, AAA pegged the average gallon at $2.99, the highest mark since November 2014.

While it’s true that prices had already been rising when Biden took office, they were doing so more slowly and at least in part in response...

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From the Center

Parts of the Southeastern U.S. are seeing gasoline shortages following a cyberattack that shut down Colonial Pipeline.

As of Tuesday afternoon, nearly 8 percent of Virginia gas stations, more than 6 percent of North Carolina gas stations and more than 4 percent of Georgia gas stations were without fuel, according to Gasbuddy analyst Patrick De Haan.

Other states, like Florida and South Carolina, also saw some outages.

In an interview with The Hill on Monday, De Haan predicted that parts of the Southeast were likely to be at...

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From the Left

A growing number of gas stations along the East Coast are without fuel as nervous drivers aggressively fill up their tanks following a ransomware attack that shut down the Colonial Pipeline, a critical artery for gasoline. The panic-buying threatens to exacerbate the supply shock.

As of 4 pm ET Tuesday, 8.5% of gas stations in North Carolina and 7.7% in Virginia didn't have gasoline, according to outage figures reported by GasBuddy, an app that tracks fuel prices and demand. The Virginia figure was flat from 11 am ET, while North...

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