The restart of the Colonial Pipeline oil pipeline on Thursday night was successful, and its operation is expected to fully return to normal by the end of the next weekend, said US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm.
“Colonial Pipeline reported this morning that the restart of the pipeline on the night was successful. This means that work will return to normal by the end of the weekend. We will keep you updated,” Granholm wrote on her Twitter account. The company Colonial Pipeline, the largest pipeline operator in the United States, was subjected to a cyber-attack by the DarkSide ransomware program. Because of the attack, the company shut down some systems “to contain the threat, which temporarily halted all operations related to the pipeline and affected some information systems.” The pipeline outage has already led to higher wholesale gasoline prices in the United States and separate outages at gas stations. Refueling stops were added to individual flights. The EPA regulator has suspended some standards to help the fuel market.