NC Governor Roy Cooper has declared a State of Emergency following a disruption in the gasoline supply to the Eastern United States. A cyberattack forced the Colonial Pipeline to shutdown last Friday.
In response to the temporary shutdown of the pipeline, Governor Roy Cooper has signed an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency in North Carolina and temporarily suspending motor vehicle fuel regulations to ensure adequate fuel supply supplies throughout the state.
On May 7, 2021, the Colonial Pipeline system reported a ransomware cyber-attack, resulting in a temporary shutdown of that line. The Colonial Pipeline is a primary fuel pipeline for North Carolina.
Gov. Cooper said the emergency declaration “will help North Carolina prepare for any potential motor vehicle fuel supply interruptions across the state and ensure motorists are able to have access to fuel.”
Locally, gasoline prices have increased this week and some stations have run out of fuel. There have been reports of long lines at fuel pumps in the region. Some locations are limiting fill-ups to a maximum of 10 gallons. Official urge drivers not to “panic-buy.”
The pipeline, which supplies 45 percent of gasoline to the eastern US, is expected to have most segments of its operation up and running by this weekend.