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FutureStarrIs There a Gas Shortage in Georgia OR
If you’ve been trying to make your way around Atlanta’s roads these days, you may have noticed that it’s hard to find an open gas station. And if you’ve been trying to make your way to Florida, Georgia officials are investigating a possible shortage that is causing dozens of truck drivers to return to Georgia empty.
Georgia footprint: Heads east from Bremen to Atlanta, Athens and on to Hartwell, with smaller spur lines branching off from Atlanta to secondary markets in Tennessee and South Georgia. Trucks pick up oil products stored at local terminals and drive them to customers that include gas stations and other retailers. Pipeline also serves Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and several military bases.
According to GasBuddy, 7.7% of the gas stations in Virginia were out of fuel Tuesday afternoon, while 8.5% of stations in North Carolina have run dry. The impact on gas stations in other states along the pipeline was lower though 5.8% of Georgia stations were out of fuel. And in Georgia, GasBuddy reported that more than 20% of stations in Atlanta were out of gasoline. (Source: www.cnbc.com)
The Colonial Pipeline, which supplies nearly half the diesel and gasoline to the East Coast, was forced offline Friday after a cyberattack from a ransomware group called Darkside. The company is now starting to manually turn on its pipeline service, with hopes of being able to “substantially” reopen the pipeline by the end of the week. While analysts have predicted fuel supplies should be sufficient to hold through this period, top officials warn consumers are contributing to problems by panic-buying extra fuel.
Colonial Pipeline debacle could have remained a supply chain issue. Colonial had 26 to 27 days-worth of gas available at the time they ceased pipeline operations. Had people not panicked, it would have simply been an inconvenience. Still, the terror that gripped motorists at the prospect of future shortages led some to stockpile gasoline. By Monday, demand for gas had risen by a combined 40 per cent in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. In Raleigh, North Carolina, 72 per cent of stations were out of fuel by mid-week. (Source: www.theglobeandmail.com)