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 Posted:   May 14, 2021 - 3:52 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

In my area of Maryland (Germantown/Gaithersburg) all the 7-11 gas stations have lines 20 cars long. The Shell and Exxon stations, which are open and have gas, have no lines. Prices per gallon are similar. Is 7-11 offering free Big Gulps with a fill-up? LOL.

 
 Posted:   May 14, 2021 - 7:52 PM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

So now the real story comes out. The hack only affected Colonial's business systems, not its operational systems. So, Colonial's ability to send product through the pipeline was never compromised. Colonial shut down the pipeline because it was afraid it wouldn't be able to accurately bill its customers for the product they received.

https://www.mediaite.com/news/colonial-pipeline-shut-down-distribution-because-it-couldnt-bill-customers-report/


Seems like there should be some criminal charges. They almost started a panic and national crisis.

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2021 - 8:57 AM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)

jack, we’re heading to SC next Thursday and we decided to drive. When I read about SC and VA having these issues I began to worry a bit. I’m wondering if flying would be a better option. But we’re going to keep our original plans and hope we have no issues.

Hi, Edwzoomom! That's awesome! Let me be the first to welcome you in advance! wink
I don't know how much my area (Greenville/Spartanburg) represents the state, but it's spotty as to the supply. I drive 17 miles to Spartanburg to work each day and I pass by 15 gas stations. This morning only 5 of those had gas. Three are three mega stations and they all were open, but most all of the smaller places weren't.
I understand that the coastal area, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, etc., are in good shape for gas supply.
As Bob's post shows, Colonial expects to be back to normal by the middle of next week, so that's encouraging.

I hope your trip goes well and you have an awesome time here!

smile


Hey jack. Thank you for the update We've prepared ourselves for the possibility of some gas issues once we hit maybe DC or VA but we're staying in Fredericksburg VA overnight so hopefully we won't have a problem. I'm thinking whatever stupid reason created all this will be resolved for the most part. One thing for sure, we're not going to be travelling with gas cans or plastic bags fuel of fuel. We still are choosing driving over flying for COVID reasons.

We are staying near Columbia to just get a feel for the area. My husband is an avid fiaherman so wherever we settle will have to meet that requirement. I'm just as happy staying in New England but who knows?

Thanks for the update and take care jack.

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2021 - 2:47 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

I work in on demand delivery logistics in Atlanta and we had some serious delivery issues regarding the panic buying that occurred because of the pipeline shutdown. Basically drivers who didn't fuel up in time or could find fuel could not work thus we had some limited services in NC and GA in particular.

Things have calmed since but prices will be going ever so high because of it, not to mention the summer fuel rates go up anyway.

Fun times we had...not.

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2021 - 3:50 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

I'm in the central region of NC, luckily my tank was full on the day people starting going nutzoid. For 2 or 3 days there were ridiculous lines, now most every station around the area is either out of fuel, or will be soon since they're getting the long lines now.

roll eyes

Some stations ARE getting fuel deliveries, noticed two today, so, the supply chain is gearing up again.

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2021 - 4:40 PM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

We have enormous technologies and advancements and people are behaving like animals.
Democracies fail because of the basic stupidity of X% of people. It is here.

 
 
 Posted:   May 16, 2021 - 12:25 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

A caller to a radio talk show told the story of one woman who, having finally waited through a long line, pulled up to the pump to get gas, but pulled too close to the pump to open her door. She spent about five minutes jockeying her car around until she was able to exit it, and emerged talking on her phone. She couldn't get the pump to work and had to go into the station to get help. The attendant came out and managed to get the pump operating for her. Finally, she pumped her gas--one gallon--and drove off.

 
 Posted:   May 16, 2021 - 5:37 AM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)

Is this panic buying and hoarding behavior just an American thing? Serious question. I don’t recall reading about this type of behavior elsewhere when the pandemic began. Did I miss it?

It’s embarrassing to say the least. My parents talked about rationing during WW2 and how everyone had their allotted share and even shared that. A great portion of these hoarders and panic buyers are children of this greatest generation. This selfish behavior adds misery to an already miserable situation. The hackers made a lot of cash off this disruption and the world got further insight into how Americans will adjust. Not our proudest moment.

 
 
 Posted:   May 16, 2021 - 7:58 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

There was panic buying over here in blighty, first time round. What I noticed was, at first, there wasn't any of it. Then there was a bulletin on the news saying ' no need to panic buy, enough for all'. Then all hell broke loose. All because of stoopid news. So what I did was loaded my trolley with spoons, mouse traps, inflatable swimming pools, haemorrhoid cream. Then walk round the shop and see the faces on other shoppers. 'Does he know something we don't?' wink

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2021 - 10:34 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)



Hey jack. Thank you for the update We've prepared ourselves for the possibility of some gas issues once we hit maybe DC or VA but we're staying in Fredericksburg VA overnight so hopefully we won't have a problem. I'm thinking whatever stupid reason created all this will be resolved for the most part. One thing for sure, we're not going to be travelling with gas cans or plastic bags fuel of fuel. We still are choosing driving over flying for COVID reasons.

We are staying near Columbia to just get a feel for the area. My husband is an avid fiaherman so wherever we settle will have to meet that requirement. I'm just as happy staying in New England but who knows?

Thanks for the update and take care jack.


I hope it was of some benefit. The gas situation is better now, so I doubt you'll have any problems.
I don't know how familiar y'all are with the area, but my Dad was an avid fisherman and Lake Murray was his favorite for largemouth bass; I think some good crappie fishing is there too. Lake Murray is ~30 minutes away from Columbia. I don't know how it is nowadays, but there once were maximum limits on horsepower, to discourage speedboats, skiers, etc., which made it better suited to a peaceful day of fishing. There are some pretty decent restaurants at the lake as well.
I wish you the best in your travels and visit!

 
 Posted:   May 29, 2021 - 8:02 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)



Hey jack. Thank you for the update We've prepared ourselves for the possibility of some gas issues once we hit maybe DC or VA but we're staying in Fredericksburg VA overnight so hopefully we won't have a problem. I'm thinking whatever stupid reason created all this will be resolved for the most part. One thing for sure, we're not going to be travelling with gas cans or plastic bags fuel of fuel. We still are choosing driving over flying for COVID reasons.

We are staying near Columbia to just get a feel for the area. My husband is an avid fiaherman so wherever we settle will have to meet that requirement. I'm just as happy staying in New England but who knows?

Thanks for the update and take care jack.


I hope it was of some benefit. The gas situation is better now, so I doubt you'll have any problems.
I don't know how familiar y'all are with the area, but my Dad was an avid fisherman and Lake Murray was his favorite for largemouth bass; I think some good crappie fishing is there too. Lake Murray is ~30 minutes away from Columbia. I don't know how it is nowadays, but there once were maximum limits on horsepower, to discourage speedboats, skiers, etc., which made it better suited to a peaceful day of fishing. There are some pretty decent restaurants at the lake as well.
I wish you the best in your travels and visit!


Hi jack,

We just got back from SC. We had a fabulous time. The weather was amazing. We were at about 90 degrees plus all week but the humidity was low. When we arrived home the temp dropped 60 degrees. We think the area we stayed was a bit too rural for us to settle in but the area was lovely. We have family in Aiken now but we don’t want to be that close to either side of the family lol. We are going to continue to look but next time we fly. The drive was brutal. My husband did catch his fill of catfish and we learned there are gators in in SC. We witnessed the logging trucks up close and boy do they rule the road. We also saw so much of the wildlife there. Each night we were serenaded by Pine Barren Tree Frogs and Whippoorwills. I had breakfast each morning with a little Anole who bravely sat next to me and changed from green to brown at will. I saw beetles the size of a small flip flop who sent me running inside. It was a relief to sit and read without a single mosquito or gnat.

I’m sitting writing this with 40 degree temps and rain outside. I’m wishing I was back in that 90 degrees watching my little Anole buddy change colors.

 
 Posted:   May 29, 2021 - 11:54 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Good to see u posting edw.

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2021 - 7:13 AM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)

Good to see u posting edw.

Thanks Bill. I needed that. smile

 
 Posted:   Jun 1, 2021 - 12:28 PM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)


Hi jack,

We just got back from SC. We had a fabulous time. The weather was amazing. We were at about 90 degrees plus all week but the humidity was low. When we arrived home the temp dropped 60 degrees. We think the area we stayed was a bit too rural for us to settle in but the area was lovely. We have family in Aiken now but we don’t want to be that close to either side of the family lol. We are going to continue to look but next time we fly. The drive was brutal. My husband did catch his fill of catfish and we learned there are gators in in SC. We witnessed the logging trucks up close and boy do they rule the road. We also saw so much of the wildlife there. Each night we were serenaded by Pine Barren Tree Frogs and Whippoorwills. I had breakfast each morning with a little Anole who bravely sat next to me and changed from green to brown at will. I saw beetles the size of a small flip flop who sent me running inside. It was a relief to sit and read without a single mosquito or gnat.

I’m sitting writing this with 40 degree temps and rain outside. I’m wishing I was back in that 90 degrees watching my little Anole buddy change colors.


smile

I'm so glad you had a great time. The Columbia area is the hottest (weatherwise) in the state, typically. Here in another week or so the humidity and temp will climb to much higher levels.
If you came via I-95, you will never have to do anything to prove your bravery to me!
Glad about the catfish; I love the medium sized ones about a foot long, fried whole with some home fries on the side and a glass of sweet tea so cold it'll crack your teeth!
I also love to listen to the whippoorwills and tree frogs. We have about 40 acres here in the upstate, mostly wooded and every year a whippoorwill nests near our house. I guess it's the same one, and it always seems to start calling at about 9 o'clock in the evening. You can almost set your watch by it.
Thanks for visiting our fair state and I hope your decision works out for your happiness and satisfaction!

wink

 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2021 - 2:53 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

I drove back from Miami to the Hudson Valley a few days after the pipeline restarted. Just to be sure, I put an empty 5 gallon gas jug in the trunk of my car that I could fill at the first sign of trouble. The only area where I saw mostly shuttered pumps was in Virginia. So I had no issues and never had to fill the jug. My Hyundai gets 52 mpg on the highway so it was a pretty stress-free ride.

 
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