Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says there may be a gasoline "supply crunch" for a few days as Colonial Pipeline gets up and running again following a ransomware cyberattack but she urged Americans not to hoard gas, insisting there is no need. (May 11)
JENNIFER GRANHOLM: By close of business tomorrow, Colonial will be in a position to make the full restart decision. But even after that decision is made, it will take a few days to ramp up operations. This pipeline has never been shut down before. It travels great distances. There is fuel in the pipe, and then there is fuel-- the offtake from the refineries that have to be added. So it will take a few days to be up and running.
And still I want to be clear that these states who are impacted, even with the-- the turning on of the pipeline system, they still may feel a supply crunch as Colonial fully resumes. So-- but the American people can feel assured that this administration is working with the company to get it resumed as soon as possible.
And as one other warning, I guess, let me emphasize that much as there was no cause for, say, hoarding toilet paper at the beginning of the pandemic, there should be no cause for hoarding gasoline, especially in light of the fact that the pipeline should be substantially operational by the end of this week and over the weekend.
We know that we have gasoline, we just have to get it to the right places. And that's why these next couple of days, I think, will be challenging. And we want to encourage people-- it's not that we have a gasoline shortage. It's that we have this supply crunch, and that things will be back to normal soon, and that we're asking people not to hoard and know that we are all over this.