American motorists have been lining up at gas stations across the East Coast in the wake of a cyber attack on the pipeline supplying nearly half of the gas and diesel fuel used in the region. In addition to the pipeline’s ransomware attack, higher than normal demand with the summer travelling season and a shortage of fuel tank truck drivers is exacerbating the situation.
U.S. fuel prices have been on the rise in recent months. According to GasBuddy, a fuel analytics firm, the national average for regular unleaded in the U.S has moved form $2.49 USD three months ago to $2.97 USD as of May 11. While experts say there is enough supply for now, it would turn into a serious problem if the pipeline remains shut for much longer.