Colonial Pipeline initiates restart of pipeline operations

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Colonial Pipeline initiated the restart of pipeline operations at around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

That’s according to a Colonial Pipeline news release, which said it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal.

“Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period,” the release said. “Colonial will move as much gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel as is safely possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal.”

The company, which called Wednesday’s news the “first step” in the restart process, says it will conduct a comprehensive series of pipeline safety assessments in compliance with all federal pipeline safety requirements as it initiates its return to service.

NBC News reports the company shut down its entire operation Friday, May 7, after its financial computer networks were infected by a Russia-tied hacker gang known as DarkSide. The shutdown led to widespread gasoline shortages and caused temporary gas spikes.

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