‘A definite alarm bell’: Emergency declaration announced in 17 states over major pipeline shut

At least 17 states located primarily along the East Coast, along with Washington, D.C., were included in a recent emergency declaration issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The announcement on Sunday came after a cyber attack on the Colonial pipeline last week by hackers demanding ransom payments.

“Not a minor target”

Reports indicate the states included in the declaration were deemed those to be most directly affected by the pipeline shutdown, which could prompt a spike in gas prices if the situation lasts longer than a few days and locations in the region begin to experience shortages.

In the initial announcement, Alabama, Arkansas, D.C., Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, are included in the effort to maintain a steady supply.

The incident could be the most significant cyberattack on U.S. infrastructure yet, though experts predict it will prove to be short-lived.

Extending about 5,500 miles, the pipeline provides about half of the fuel supply used on the East Coast, or roughly 2.5 million combined barrels of gas, diesel, heating oil, and jet fuel, per day.

Energy researcher Amy Myers Jaffe stressed that the pipeline “was not a minor target,” describing it as “ultimately the jugular of the U.S. pipeline system.”

“The most significant, successful attack”

As for the hackers behind the shutdown, she said they pulled off “the most significant, successful attack on energy infrastructure we know of in the United States,” asserting that it is “a definite alarm bell.”

A spokesperson for Colonial signaled a desire to fully restore its supply within the next few days, provided it could be done safely.

“At this time, our primary focus continues to be the safe and efficient restoration of service to our pipeline system, while minimizing disruption to our customers and all those who rely on Colonial Pipeline,” the company explained.

Aside from gas prices, the pipeline shutdown could also spark increased costs for the trucking and airline industries.

A Russian hacking outfit known as Dark Side is believed to be responsible, according to an FBI statement. The same organization was previously linked to an attack on an Office Depot subsidiary and the Enterprise car-rental company.

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  3. It is my understanding that Colonial was using old Microsoft software. Why in the world would a energy company not use updated software to guard against these kinds of attacks.

  4. Sounds to me like the Dem’s are at it again to get what they want. To many things at one time are happening in America for them not to be involved to get their way.

  5. They did this for a REASON! To see how the population would RESPOND! They are doing everything to see how the American People RESPOND! Just be Prepared for the worse, but NO ONE seems to think that the Illegitimate President WON’T pull this stunt, WELL THEY ALREADY DID! Call it Conspiracy Theories but this only the beginning, if We the Real Patriots of America don’t stop them we will LOSE OUR COUNTRY we so Love.

  6. Just watch, they are going to say that all the pipelines have to be shut down for National Security Reasons. That they are too vulnerable and too risky to operate even though it is the safest mode of transportation not to mention the least pollution spouting form of transport…. It’s coming folks….

  7. Most likely the democrap cronies have their finger in this pie—–shut down the red states that are anti- biden. .Doing this to test the waters for communism.

    .Most of this group are demons of satin

  8. I have said from the beginning this was Biden and his cronies. They want people to stay home and in turmoil so they can force crap through. If it is proven Biden knew or went along with this he and his idiots need to be impeached and banned from ever holding office.

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