Colonial Pipeline will restart operations on Wednesday evening, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said, after a cyber attack forced the company to shut down the nation’s largest fuel pipeline for nearly a week.
“We just got off the phone with #ColonialPipeline CEO. They are restarting pipeline operations today at ~5pm,” Granholm wrote in a post on Twitter.
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Colonial Pipeline was hit by a cyberattack on Friday. The FBI on Monday said DarkSide, a criminal syndicate was behind the attack.
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The system transports more than 2.5 million barrels per day of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from the U.S. Gulf Coast to the Southeast and East Coast.
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In a statement Wednesday afternoon, the company said 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.”
The company said it will move “as much gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel as is safely possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal.”
Colonial Pipeline said it will “continue to provide updates as restart efforts progress.”
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-With files from Global News