Panic Buying and Reckless Handling of Gasoline

The recent shutdown of the gas and oil Colonial Pipeline resulted in panic buying and consumers recklessly capturing and storing gasoline.

Right now, southeastern states are the hardest hit by the Colonial Pipeline shutdown which provides 45 percent of fuel to the East Coast.

Although the pipeline is back online, getting supply to market will take a few days.

Fox News reports:

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal,” Colonial Pipeline said in a statement. “Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period.”

There are reports of long lines, stations running out of gas and fights breaking out.

Images captured people recklessly loading their cars with gasoline.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a dire warning.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management also made an announcement.

The pipeline shutdown shines a spotlight on the importance of alternative energy infrastructure and cybersecurity measures to ensure this doesn’t happen again, with our energy resources or other goods and services.

Consumers recklessly capturing and storing gasoline are putting themselves and others in harm’s way.