The fuel shortage in Atlanta is quickly becoming a statewide crisis after a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline caused Georgia residents to notice higher than normal prices, limits on fuel or no gas at all at gas stations across the Metro.
Monday (May 10), the FBI confirmed that a gang named DarkSide issued ransomware responsible for the cyberattack. In a tweet, the FBI said:
Gasbuddy, an app that tracks cheap gas, reported over 15% of gas stations in Georgia and nearly 60% of gas stations in metro Atlanta are without gasoline due to panic buying.
Check out a few reactions to Atlanta crisis from the gayes via Twitter:
In response to the attack, the Biden administration loosened regulations for the transport of petroleum products on highways as part of an "all-hands-on-deck" effort to avoid disruptions in the fuel supply.
According to 11Allive, the Colonial Pipeline, which is based right here in Alpharetta, Georgia, is one of the nation's largest sources of fuel and is responsible for almost half of the entire East Coast’s fuel supply and remains mostly shut down.
Analysts say the impact all comes down to timing and how quickly Colonial Pipeline can get their lines back up and running.
Gov. Brian Kemp also announced Tuesday that he is suspending the collection of state taxes on diesel and motor fuel through Saturday night.
Gayes, we’ll keep you updated.