Percentage of Virginia stations without gas decreases, according to Gas Buddy

A Savannah gas station put plastic bags over the pumps without fuel.
A Savannah gas station put plastic bags over the pumps without fuel.(WTOC)
Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 1:16 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT/AP) - Gas Buddy, a company that operates apps and websites based on finding real-time fuel prices, says half of the gas stations in Virginia are out of gasoline.

Gas Buddy’s Twitter account posted that as of 12 p.m. on May 17, 30% of the state’s gas stations were without gasoline.

Governor Ralph Northam declared a State of Emergency Tuesday due to the potential of gas shortages at stations caused by distribution issues.

The nation’s largest fuel pipeline restarted operations Wednesday, days after it was forced to shut down by a gang of hackers.

The disruption caused long lines at gas stations in the Southeast due to distribution problems and panic-buying, draining supplies at thousands of gas stations.

Colonial initiated the restart of pipeline operations late Wednesday, saying in a statement that “all lines, including those lateral lines that have been running manually, will return to normal operations.”

But it will take several days for deliveries to return to normal, the company said.

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