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Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm appeared at a press briefing at the White House on Tuesday and took questions on the gas crisis caused by a pipeline cyberattack and it was against a serious pipeline!!!
Jennifer Granholm report
“I just have a question for each of you. I’ll start with you, Secretary Granholm, because ladies first,” a reporter asked. “Obviously, we’ve got the acute issues with the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack. But looking more holistically during a macro view, how does this speed up the efforts at DOE to move in additional of a renewable direction since this is often getting to have an effect on people at the pump?”
Biden’s Energy Secretary On the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack: this might Not Be Affecting You”If You Drove an electric car“
“Yeah, I mean, we obviously are ‘all in’ on ensuring that we meet the president’s goals of going to 100% clean electricity by 2035 and net-zero emissions by 2050,” Granholm said. “And, you know, if you drive an electric car, this might not be affecting you, clearly. “
“But it’s just — it’s another — it’s — I don’t want to — this company is acting in a very responsible way,” Granholm said. “They took their pipeline down in order that the ransomware wouldn’t spread. And so, up to the current point, they need — they’re carefully reviewing so that they’re doing this in a very responsible way.”
Colonial Pipeline situation
While Colonial Pipeline’s operations have resumed, a minimum of partially, it’ll take over two weeks for gasoline in Houston to achieve many sites on the East Coast, in line with new reports.
“Transit times for gasoline to pass through Colonial’s network of pipelines that allow oil products to be due to the U.S. Gulf Coast, up to its North Carolina hub, then on to new york Harbor, is 14 days and 16 hours, at a speed of about 5 miles per hour, according to the foremost recent schedule sent to shippers,” Bloomberg News reported. “Diesel and jet fuel, heavier and more dense products, need about 19 days to form an equivalent trip that spans about 1,600 miles through the busiest pipeline system in America.”
Colonial on Friday was hit with the Pipeline cyberattack that forced the closure of the 5,500-mile pipeline, which moves over 100 million gallons of fuel from Texas to New Jersey each day — nearly 50% of the fuel consumed on the East Coast. the corporate suspended all operations since the attack, but on Thursday issued a press release saying operations have resumed.
Company protocol against the Pipeline cyberattack
The company said it “has made substantial progress in safely restarting our pipeline system and may report that product delivery has commenced during a majority of the markets we service.”
GasBuddy analyst Patrick De Haan said he expects shortages to get worse over the following two days, writing on Twitter: “While the Colonial Pipeline is restarting, the outage numbers may drift higher over following 48 hours before then starting to fall.”
De Haan, though, had a shorter timeline than Bloomberg. “About 7-14 days of headaches if you need fuel in GA, NC, SC, or VA. things will certainly take time and slowly improve because of a high number of outages and a higher number of stations to refuel,” he tweeted.
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