Press "Enter" to skip to content

Gas service expected to return to normal by end of weekend

The Colonial Pipeline is reportedly back at normal operations after a Wednesday evening restart gave a glimmer of hope to the fuel-deprived East Coast. Saturday morning the pipeline had returned the system to normal operations, delivering millions of gallons per hour to the markets it serves.

The pipeline was hit with a cyberattack last week, forcing the company to shut down operations. The decision resulted in panic along the coast, with fuel prices and the number of people hitting gas stations increasing.

As of Saturday morning, GasBuddy reported 42% of gas stations in Virginia were without power and 68% in North Carolina were without. The report notes that 81% of the D.C. gas stations are out.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said his office had received more than 500 reports of price gouging and it had sent more than 150 investigative letters to businesses in response to consumer complaints.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said service should return to normal in most areas by the end of the weekend.