The New York Times claimed Tuesday morning that there have not been any long lines for gas following the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline, although recent photos on social media have disputed this claim.
New York Times tweeted “Colonial Pipeline, a vital U.S. fuel artery that was shut down by a cyberattack, said it hoped to restore most operations by the end of the week. Since the shutdown, there have been no long lines or major price hikes for gas.” However, videos circulated on social media showing long lines for gas, and #gasshortage trended on Twitter because of the number of places out of fuel. WCNC reporter Tanya Mendis tweeted “Bags on every pump at this circle K Shell station a mile down the road also appears to be out of gas #gasshortage
The panic over gas even prompted North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to declare a state of emergency and temporarily rid the state of some regulations to ensure enough fuel is being produced. “[The] emergency declaration will help North Carolina prepare for any potential motor vehicle fuel supply interruptions across the state and ensure motorists are able to have access to fuel,” Cooper said in a statement.
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