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"Lines Down The Street" - People Wait Five Hours To Fill Up Amid Gas Shortages

•, by Tyler Durden

The recent cyberattack targeting the Colonial Pipeline has triggered a comprehensive federal response focused on securing critical energy supply chains. President Biden is receiving regular briefings on the incident and has directed agencies across the Federal Government to bring their resources to bear to help alleviate shortages where they are occurring. The Administration is focused on avoiding potential energy supply disruptions to impacted communities, the U.S. military, and other facilities reliant on gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other refined petroleum products. The Administration is continually assessing the pipeline shutdown's impact on the U.S. fuel supply, as well as what additional actions are available to mitigate the impact of the pipeline's shutdown. ... read the rest here

Update (1452ET): Emergency declarations have been issued in 17 states and Washington, DC due to fuel shortages stemming from the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack. 

The emergency declaration covers Alabama, Arkansas, D.C., Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. 

Update (1427ET): In a White House press briefing, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said the government "will have no tolerance for price gouging" during the gasoline shortage in the Southeast. She said gas station owners should "act responsibly." 

Granholm said the Colonial pipeline should be "substantially operational by the end of this week and over the weekend."

... let's hope. 

Update (1420ET): Many folks are being pushed to their breaking point. There's gasoline, lumber, chicken, housing, semiconductor, and commodity shortage, among others, transforming Biden's America into a glimpse of socialist Venezuela.