Colonial Pipeline returns to ‘normal operations’

A major U.S. fuel pipeline taken down after a ransomware attack has returned to “normal operations,” Colonial Pipeline officials said on Saturday.

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“Since this incident began, we have been clear that our focus was on the safe and efficient restoration of service to our pipeline system,” the company said on social media.

The company was hit by a ransomware attack and shut down operations May 7 to investigate. On Sunday, the company had developed a “system restart” with smaller pipes starting to flow. By Wednesday it had resumed operations noting that it would take several days to reach full capacity.

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The shutdown led to an increase in demand and long lines at gas stations, where drivers in some states found empty pumps.

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The pipeline delivers 100 million gallons of fuel daily to states from Texas to New Jersey.