A cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline forced a shutdown last week, sparking supply issues of gas in Hampton Roads.
The good news, Colonial Pipeline restarted pipeline operations around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, but according to Patrick De Haan of GasBuddy, we’re looking at about seven to 14 days of low supply. Experts are urging consumers to stay calm and not panic purchase.
In the meantime, if you think a business is price gouging the cost of fuel, you can file a Motor Fuels price gouging complaint with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) Office of Weights and Measures or with the Office of the Attorney General at email@example.com or 800-552-9963.
Now that @GovernorVA has declared a state of emergency for the pipeline ransomware attack, price gouging protections are in effect, including for gasoline and fuel. Report suspected price gouging to my Consumer Protection Section at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 552-9963.
— Mark Herring (@MarkHerringVA) May 12, 2021