Thursday, 13 May 2021 21:51

Colonial Pipeline Restarted as Shops Assess Damage

Written by Chris Collier, glassBYTEs.com


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The 5,500-mile Colonial Pipeline began restarting its operations May 12 after a ransomware attack that crippled the system for six days and led to gas shortages across the Southeast, according to CNN.

Pipeline operators have cautioned it could take time for service to return to pre-attack levels.


Following the attack, which authorities believe criminal group DarkSide is responsible for, gasoline demand in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia spiked by a collective 40.1%.


Shops throughout the Southeast were affected differently. Michael Franklin, administrative director of AmeriPro Auto Glass LLC, Jacksonville, FL, said he and his employees travel an estimated 1,500 miles per day for jobs. He documented the effects of the crisis May 12 prior to the system’s restart.


“We have had some changes overnight,” Franklin said. “Several stations around town are out of gas because of the rush to fill up [May 11]. There are several towns in the Western Panhandle that are gasless this morning.”


Matt Bailey, owner of 20/20 Auto Glass, Greenville, SC, entered the crisis on solid footing.


“Fortunately, we have our jobs booked through the end of this week and into next week,” Bailey said. “That means we also...

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