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Biden: Return to normalcy at gas stations expected as soon as this weekend

President Joe Biden delivers remarks about COVID-19 vaccinations in the South Court Auditorium...
President Joe Biden delivers remarks about COVID-19 vaccinations in the South Court Auditorium at the White House, Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Washington.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Published: May. 12, 2021 at 5:36 PM EDT|Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 12:49 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (WCTV) – President Joe Biden said drivers should not get more gasoline than they need as the nation will soon return to a normal fuel supply. “Panic buying will only slow the process,” the president said.

Biden spoke at the White House Thursday afternoon, updating the ransomware cyberattack that shut down the Colonial Pipeline. He confirmed the pipeline is at full capacity, but said it’s going to take some time for things to get back to normal.

“We will not feel the effects at the pump immediately,” the president said. “We expect to see a region to region return to normalcy by this weekend or early next week.”

The president then laid out the steps the federal government has taken to get more fuel to regions that are seeing shortages. That includes emergency orders allowing truckers to work longer hours and gas tanker trucks to haul more fuel. The EPA has also issued a waiver of its standards freeing up “winter grade” fuel that is not normally allowed in warmer months. This is freeing up tens of millions of gallons of extra gas each day, the president said.

The president also warned gas stations not to engage in price gouging, saying federal and state officials are watching out to prevent businesses from taking advantage of consumers during this time.

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Posted by WCTV.tv on Thursday, May 13, 2021

(WCTV) — Colonial Pipeline says as of 9 a.m. Thursday, it has “made substantial progress” in restarting its system and has begun delivering gas to most of the areas it serves. The company says by noon Thursday, every market it services will receive gas from the pipeline.

Below, you’ll find a map of the pipeline’s system.

Colonial Pipeline says as of 9 a.m. Thursday, it has “made substantial progress” in restarting...
Colonial Pipeline says as of 9 a.m. Thursday, it has “made substantial progress” in restarting its system and it has begun delivering gas to most of the areas it serves.(Colonial Pipeline)

The green segments on the map are already receiving gas, while the blue segments will be operational around noon.

“This would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of the many Colonial team members across the pipeline who worked safely and tirelessly through the night to get our lines up and running,” the press release says. “We are grateful for their dedicated service and professionalism during these extraordinary times.”

RELATED: Colonial Pipeline restarts operations days after major hack

(WCTV) - The Colonial Pipeline says they have restarted operations following a cyberattack, as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal,” the company says in a statement on their website. “Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period. Colonial will move as much gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel as is safely possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal.”

A full statement from the company can be seen below.

Colonial Pipeline initiated the restart of pipeline operations today at approximately 5 p.m. ET.

Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period. Colonial will move as much gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel as is safely possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal.

As we initiate our return to service, our primary focus remains safety. As part of this startup process, Colonial will conduct a comprehensive series of pipeline safety assessments in compliance with all Federal pipeline safety requirements.

This is the first step in the restart process and would not have been possible without the around-the-clock support of Colonial Pipeline’s dedicated employees who have worked tirelessly to help us achieve this milestone. We would also like to thank the White House for their leadership and collaboration, as well as the Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, FBI, PHMSA, FERC and other federal, state and local agencies for their ongoing support.

We will continue to provide updates as restart efforts progress.

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