Virginia under State of Emergency for Gas Shortage

Virginia Governor Northam declared a state of emergency after the gasoline pipeline was shut down from a cyberattack demanding a ransom to reopen on Tuesday.

The emergency declaration lets state agencies issue waivers to increase gas supply and enforce penalties against gas stations involved in price gouging due to the shortage. The Environmental Protection Agency has also issued an emergency fuel waiver on Tuesday to help with fuel shortages in states including Virginia due to the pipeline shutdown. The waiver is expected to continue until May 18.

The perpetrators of the shutdown are from a cybercrime group known as DarkSide, which has carried out an attack shutting down 5,500 miles of pipeline. This pipeline supplies half of the gasoline to the east coast and runs from Texas to New Jersey.

At the moment, however, Maryland or DC are less impacted than Virginia; as Virginia reported to have lost more than 44 percent of its total gasoline capacity yet DC has only reported 10 percent loss.

This is an ongoing development.

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