By Island Free Press on May 11, 2021
Gas stations throughout Hatteras Island were inundated with a flood of traffic as folks filled up their vehicles in response to the cyberattack on the 5,500-mile Colonial Pipeline, which carries more than 100 million gallons of fuel from Texas to New Jersey every day. Operators at the Colonial Pipeline said on Monday that they hope to get most of their operations back online by the weekend, but gas shortages and price hikes were still a concern for multiple regions across the southeast coast, including the Outer Banks.
As of Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m., gas stations in Frisco and Hatteras reportedly only had premium gas left, and while some stations on northern Hatteras Island still had all gasoline types available, more than one gas station manager was concerned about running out of fuel within the next several hours.
“We do have a delivery scheduled for today, coming from Chesapeake, but [the company] is not sure if they will be able to make it,” said Istvan Kajari of Breeze Thru in Avon, noting that the provider stated that the status of the gas delivery was changing “minute by minute.” Another gas station in Rodanthe stated that they were imminently shutting down the tanks in order to reserve fuel for emergency personnel.
Governor Roy Cooper signed an Executive Order on May 10 declaring a state of emergency in North Carolina, and temporarily suspending motor vehicle fuel regulations to ensure adequate fuel supply supplies throughout the state. The Colonial Pipeline is a primary fuel pipeline for North Carolina, and the company stated on Monday that segments of its Texas-to-New Jersey line are being reactivated in steps, and pledged that most service would be restored by the weekend.
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Editor’s Note: Stopping at a gas station this morning in Kill Devil Hills, it was obvious the impact the pipeline shutdown was having in northern Dare County as well. Every pump was being used, credit cards were no longer being accepted, and premium gasoline was all that was available. If you have any gas station stories to share, email m.jurkowitz@yahoo com.