DeSantis Declares State Of Emergency Over Gas Shortages After Pipeline Shutdown
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency in response to gasoline shortages caused the shutdown of a major pipeline by hackers.
The executive order signed Tuesday by DeSantis activates the Florida National Guard, as needed, and directs state emergency management officials to work with federal and local officials.
The Colonial Pipeline, the biggest fuel pipeline in the U.S., delivering about 45% of what is consumed on the East Coast, was hit on Friday with a cyberattack by hackers who lock up computer systems and demand a ransom to release them.
More than 1,000 gas stations in the Southeast reported running out of fuel, primarily because of what analysts say is unwarranted panic-buying among drivers, as the shutdown entered its fifth day.
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried urged Floridians not to panic buy or hoard gas.
Government officials acted swiftly to waive safety and environmental rules to speed the delivery of fuel by truck, ship or rail to motorists and airports.
Even so, they sought to assure consumers that there was no cause for alarm.
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