Gov. Roy Cooper declares state of emergency over outage of Colonial Pipeline

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Gov. Roy Cooper declares state of emergency over outage of Colonial Pipeline

On Monday, Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency over the Colonial pipeline outage, causing a temporary attack in North Carolina.

The declaration will shut down motor vehicle fuel regulations as a means to ensure there is enough supply throughout the state until the pipeline resumes normal operations.

Today's emergency declaration will help North Carolina prepare for any potential motor vehicle fuel interruptions across the state and ensure motorists are able to access fuel, Cooper said in a statement.

The pipeline, which transports a large amount of gasoline from northeast Texas to Texas, was late on Monday with the expectation that it could be back up and running later this week.

It consumes 100 million gallons of fuel each day, including 45% if all gasoline is consumed on the East Coast.Its products range from various grades of gasoline, diesel fuel, home heating oil, jet fuel and fuels for the US military.

The administration said on Monday that there are currently no concerns about supply and demand.

The FBI on Monday confirmed that it was a ransomware attack carried out by criminals belonging to the group known as DarkSide.

Upon learning that it had been targeted by ransomware, Colonial Pipeline said that it took certain systems offline to contain the threat.

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