President Joe Biden just authorized an emergency declaration for 17 states and the District of Columbia following a cyber-attack on America’s largest U.S. pipeline that left more than 1,000 gas stations without fuel.
The emergency declaration covers Alabama, Arkansas, D.C., Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, Axios reported.
Breitbart News reported, “The Colonial pipeline, which snakes 5,500 miles along the eastern U.S., transports 2.5 million barrels of gasoline a day, and provides 45 percent of the region’s fuel consumption, was shut down on Friday in response to the hacking.”
“S&P’s Oil Price Information Service put the number of gas stations encountering shortages at more than 1,000,” The Associated Press reported.
“The pipeline runs from the Texas Gulf Coast to the New York metropolitan area. The states most dependent on the pipeline include Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas,” the report added.
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm warned Tuesday, “The crunch is in the areas that are affected by the pipeline, the main spurs of the pipeline.”
Granholm also stated, “So that really is the Southeast. It’s about 70% of the supplies of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and especially Southern Virginia are impacted the most.
“And so those are the areas that we have the greatest concerns with. And because of the fact that there’s not a whole lot of other supply… Now, this particular pipeline also supplies other states, but there are other pipelines that supply their states as well.”