ILTA Colonial Pipeline Daily Report
May 12, 2021
ILTA’s Colonial Pipeline Daily Report provides a brief synopsis of news happenings, federal policy developments, and legislative discussions that are released each business day. The Daily Report is released via email and on the ILTA Colonial Resource Page, where links to the below documents can be found.
Daily News Update

  • Following last Friday's DarkSide ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, the company restored manual operations to its Line 4 Tuesday morning. The line runs from Greensboro, NC to Baltimore, MD and moves about 700 Mb/d. Colonial has said that it hopes to have most of its system back online by the end of the week and will likely make a decision on a full restart by the end of today.

  • On Tuesday evening, EPA issued an expanded multi-state emergency fuel waiver through May 31, 2021 of low volatility Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) for RFG covered areas in Washington D.C., AL, DE, GA, specific counties of FL, LA, MD, MS, NC, PA, SC, TN, and VA.

  • The Department of Transportation is considering a Jones Act waiver. DOT's Maritime Administration (MARAD) initiated a survey of Jones-Act-qualified vessels to begin the process of evaluating what assets are available in the Jones Act fleet to carry petroleum products within the Gulf, and from the Gulf up the Eastern Seaboard. This step is being taken to determine whether there is sufficient capacity on Jones-Act-qualified vessels to carry the product and to determine if a waiver is warranted. From discussions with the ONG SCC, these conversations will begin in earnest on Wednesday.

  • DOT issued waivers on Sunday allowing drivers of fuel trucks in 17 states along the pipeline's route to work beyond the normal 11-hour driving limit per day. The 17 states are: AL, AK, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MI, NJ, NY, NC, PA, SC, TN, TX, and VA.

  • ILTA is working with the U.S. Coast Guard over a possible relaxing of TWIC requirements for truckers who do not have a TWIC card and are now servicing facilities that normally require one due to the pipeline shutdown. Updates will be provided as we learn more.

  • The FBI and CISA released a cybersecurity alert, “DarkSide Ransomware: Best Practices for Preventing Business Disruption from Ransomware Attacks.” The FBI is urging critical infrastructure asset owners and operators to adopt a heightened state of awareness and implement the recommendations listed in this advisory. 

  • Congressional members likely will begin formal discussions of a federal response to the Colonial Pipeline incident in the near future, with Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) Wednesday morning calling for legislation that would require private companies to report cyber-attacks to the government.

  • Rep. Burgess (R-TX) wrote to the Biden administration and to Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) seeking answers on the wider federal response.

  • Panic-buying of gasoline has caused growing shortages across the eastern half of the United States as terminals begin to run out of reserves.  This comes as the national price of gasoline rose above $3.00 on Wednesday. 

  • Georgia Governor Brian Kemp suspended the state's gasoline tax in response to the temporary supply disruption and climbing pump prices, including 3 to 10 cents in Georgia alone.  

  • As of Wednesday morning, four states have issued State of Emergency declarations in response to the Colonial Pipeline shutdown: FL, GA, NC, and VA.
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