A cyber attack has crippled a major pipeline in the US. The administration of US President Joe Biden projected that the Colonial Pipeline, source of nearly half the fuel supply on the East Coast, would restart in a few days and urged drivers not to top up their tanks.

"We are asking people not to hoard," U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told reporters at the White House. "Things will be back to normal soon."

Care to guess what everyone did? Even though government and industry officials said the nation had plenty of fuel and the pipeline was set to resume operations shortly, nervous drivers clogged gas stations and created shortages in parts of or all 11 states.

At least 12,000 gas stations reported being completely empty, and the squeeze pushed the price of a gallon past $3—the highest it has been since 2014. It's the toilet paper frenzy all over again.

#1

Gas Shortage

Gas Shortage

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

Doesn't petrol eat through those plastics, like why they have the "no unapproved containers" signs on pumps ? Even if not...the fumes, the skin burns and fire risk is, well. I just can't explain how confused I am by using a bag of all things, to keep petrol in your home.

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Gas Shortage? Christianburg Sign War To The Rescue

Gas Shortage? Christianburg Sign War To The Rescue

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Truth Monster
Community Member
1 month ago

lol

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#3

Do Not Be This Person

Do Not Be This Person

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

Gasshole

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Many of these shortages have been caused by people's irresponsible hoarding. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, for example, told CNN on Wednesday that panic buying caused a gas supply problem in his state. With about 70% of Charlotte's gas stations out of fuel and price gouging complaints piling up across the state, Cooper said that they are working on multiple fronts to mitigate the problems at hand.

"I want this gas supply problem fixed as quickly as possible, and we are working with the local and federal officials, and the company to get that done. I have declared a state of emergency which would allow the transportation waivers for more trucks and heavier trucks to come into the state to bring gas, and we have a waiver from the EPA to increase the amount of fuel coming in," Cooper stated.

#4

Events Can Cause A Slow Down, People Cause A Shortage

Events Can Cause A Slow Down, People Cause A Shortage

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Sakeena
Community Member
1 month ago

Due*. All gas stations should have done this. Good for these guys.

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#5

The Bag Is On The Pump Because Its Out Of Service. She Isn’t Getting Anything

The Bag Is On The Pump Because Its Out Of Service. She Isn’t Getting Anything

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

It would be even funnier if the pump was running and charging her, but no gas was coming out of it. Regardless, if she’d look up from her phone fir a few seconds, she might notice that it was out of order.

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#6

Better Pick Up A Couple Extra Bags

Better Pick Up A Couple Extra Bags

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 month ago

What alarms me is the plastic bag in foreground on left.... did she already drop one?

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The federal government, meanwhile, has loosened rules to make it easier for suppliers to refill storage, including lifting seasonal anti-smog requirements for gasoline and allowing fuel truckers to work longer hours.

CNN also reported that ransomware hackers demanded nearly $5 million from Colonial Pipeline, according to two sources familiar with the incident. But at this point, the company has not paid the ransom.

Colonial Pipeline restarted operations about 5 p.m. ET, the company said in a statement.

"Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period. Colonial will move as much gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel as is safely possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal," the company said.

#7

The Stupidity Has Begun

The Stupidity Has Begun

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 month ago

Welp, they'll blow up. And be on an ATF/FBI wawtchlist.

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#8

This What Y’all Doing Now, Out Here Hoarding Resources

This What Y’all Doing Now, Out Here Hoarding Resources

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*me*
Community Member
1 month ago

Dumbheads

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#9

Big Plastic Bins

Big Plastic Bins

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 month ago

Future Darwin Award Honorable Mention

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Colonial first announced it became a victim of the cyber-attack late last week, prompting a shutdown of operations into Wednesday. An interagency working group, with the Energy Department serving as lead agency, was assembled over the weekend, and officials assessed "multiple contingencies" in the event of a prolonged shutdown and decreased fuel supplies nationwide.

President Biden previewed the decision in remarks on Wednesday. Talking to reporters, he said: "We have been in very, very close contact with Colonial Pipeline, which is the one area you're talking about, where that's one of the reasons that gas prices are going up. And I think you're gonna hear some good news in the next 24 hours. And I think we'll be getting that under control."

#10

They Fill Up Jacuzzi-Sized Containers With Gas

They Fill Up Jacuzzi-Sized Containers With Gas

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Full of Giggles
Community Member
1 month ago

I’m not sure this is a selfish hoarding. That type of container is commonly used on farms. He could be getting extra gasoline to keep his farming equipment running during the 5 day period.

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#11

Gas Shortage

Gas Shortage

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

Scum gouging other scum, and innocent ppl cop the results

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#12

It's Been Truly Chaotic

It's Been Truly Chaotic

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Bobert Robertson
Community Member
1 month ago

Those aren't even new jerry cans save maybe 1 or two of them. This guy has been waiting for this moment his whole life. Probably has a bunker full of guns and canned beans waiting for the end of the world

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#13

We’ve Received Calls Into The Weartv Newsroom About This Gas Station In Escambia County Selling Regular Gas For $4.29/Gallon

We’ve Received Calls Into The Weartv Newsroom About This Gas Station In Escambia County Selling Regular Gas For $4.29/Gallon

Within a minute of our news car showing up, it was dropped to $3.29

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Max Thompson
Community Member
1 month ago

Why is diesel still normal tho?

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#14

Gas Shortage

Gas Shortage

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 month ago

If this guy asks AITA? The answer is yes.

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#15

Gas Shortage

Gas Shortage

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

I bet people with electric cars are laughing their asses off at all this.

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#16

Every Single Canister

Every Single Canister

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TheWickedOne
Community Member
1 month ago

Maybe he is just getting race gas.. sheesh

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#17

Another Idiot Filling Up...

Another Idiot Filling Up...

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Eric Law
Community Member
1 month ago

Republican. "I got mine, eff everyone else."

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#18

Methodically Make The Shortage Even Shorter

Methodically Make The Shortage Even Shorter

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Clearly sunny
Community Member
1 month ago

One for you.. and one for you..

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#19

Idiot In Va. Stopped At The Light And Smelled Gas To My Left. Put My Windows Up Quick.

Idiot In Va. Stopped At The Light And Smelled Gas To My Left. Put My Windows Up Quick.

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Robert T
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, because your windows are really going to protect you from the massive fireball caused by your vehicle igniting the vapour. Get the f*** away from it as quickly as possible, then report it to the cops for carrying a dangerous unsecured load.

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#20

People Stockpiling Gasoline And Creating An Unnecessary Shortage

People Stockpiling Gasoline And Creating An Unnecessary Shortage

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Hafida
Community Member
1 month ago

Guess the same people who run on toilet paper

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#21

There Have Been Lines At One In The Morning

There Have Been Lines At One In The Morning

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James016
Community Member
1 month ago

How many of these cars have nearly full tanks?

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#22

Demand Has Caused Prices To Skyrocket

Demand Has Caused Prices To Skyrocket

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Hilary Mol
Community Member
1 month ago

That's one way to slow down people trying to hoard gas.

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#23

Gas Shortage

Gas Shortage

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Coco Wine
Community Member
1 month ago

With that rig I'm assuming he runs a landscaping business so needs gas for trucks and equipment..I hope..

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#24

Towing Giant Barrels Of Gas Behind Their Truck

Towing Giant Barrels Of Gas Behind Their Truck

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Sure. That’s not risky. Right? /s

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#25

Pumps Have Been Closed

Pumps Have Been Closed

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Clearly sunny
Community Member
1 month ago

No wonder they are out of gas. 😑

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#26

Viewing Gas Shortages As An Opportunity To Sell Gas For $16/Gallon (Nc).

Viewing Gas Shortages As An Opportunity To Sell Gas For $16/Gallon (Nc).

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 month ago

Is he the a-hole? Yes. Yes, he is.

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#27

People Are Hoarding So Much Gas They Can't Fit It In Their Tiny Car

People Are Hoarding So Much Gas They Can't Fit It In Their Tiny Car

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Then how did they get the containers there in the first place? They don’t expand when full, but just get much heavier, so even though they may weigh it down, they should fit back inside the car. My greater worry is about the driver and the fumes.

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#28

Gas Shortage

Gas Shortage

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Max Thompson
Community Member
1 month ago

These are getting really repetitive

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#29

Filling A 100 Gallon Tank During A Gas Shortage

Filling A 100 Gallon Tank During A Gas Shortage

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rspanther
Community Member
1 month ago

That's not 100 gal that's at least 275 gal or it could be 330 gal.

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#30

Filling Up Every Gas Canister They Have In Their Garage

Filling Up Every Gas Canister They Have In Their Garage

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Sum Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

I feel bad for these people...

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