White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki expressed confidence that in the coming days, fuel supplies will be restored in full.
The Joe Biden administration has called on Americans not to stock up on fuel because of disruptions to its supply in several states of the country caused by a cyber-attack on the largest US pipeline company, the Colonial Pipeline, last week. In a statement released Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki expressed confidence that fuel supplies will be fully restored in the coming days.
“President Biden and the White House will continue to closely monitor the situation in the coming days and will urge Americans to make only the necessary purchases [of fuel], and not to make its reserves,” Psaki said.
On Wednesday, the press service of the Colonial Pipeline announced the resumption of its operations in normal mode after almost a week of downtime due to a hacker attack. Psaki, in a statement, regarded the notice as evidence of the imminent elimination of the problems “with the violation of fuel supplies affecting the states in the southeast” of the country and assured of the full cooperation of the Biden administration.
“As Colonial Pipeline takes steps to safely and fully restore [its] operations in the next few days, we will continue to maintain close contact with this company and continue to provide any necessary assistance,” the statement said.
The White House spokeswoman also said the government’s ongoing efforts to “address the consequences of any challenges,” including fuel supply disruptions. As an example of such measures, she cited the suspension of some environmental regulations on fuel, which makes it easier to deliver it to areas where there is a shortage of fuel. According to a statement from Colonial Pipeline, the cyberattack on its systems was carried out using a ransomware virus. We are talking about a virus that gets into a computer system temporarily blocks its operation and encrypts data until the victim of a cyber-attack pays the amount that the extortionists demand. Because of this attack, the company was forced to suspend its operations.