PENNSYLVANIA, USA — A cyberattack on a critical U.S. pipeline is sending ripple effects across the economy.
The Colonial Pipeline, which delivers about 45% of the fuel used along the Eastern Seaboard, shut down Friday after a ransomware attack by a gang of criminal hackers that calls itself DarkSide.
The pipeline restarted on Wednesday.
Governor Tom Wolf tweeted on Wednesday that Pennsylvanians should expect "minimal impact" and that no one needs to stockpile gasoline.
The Governor's Office says there are currently no widespread shortages in Pennsylvania, but there is a concern for price gouging if the situation continues.
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The average gasoline price jumped six cents to $2.96 over the past week, and it’s expected to continue climbing because of the pipeline closure, according to AAA.
Mississippi, Tennessee and the East Coast from Georgia to Delaware are the most likely to experience limited fuel availability and higher prices, and if the national average rises by three more cents, these would be the highest prices since November 2014, according to AAA.
In Pennsylvania specifically, gas prices have gone up 14 cents in the past month, and 8 cents in just the last week, according to AAA.