Gov. Northam issues State of Emergency after pipeline cyberattack; Roanoke Emergency Management releases statement

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — On Tuesday, Gov. Ralph Northam issued a State of Emergency across Virginia to address gasoline supply disruptions.

On Friday, May 7, the Colonial Pipeline system — the primary fuel source for many Virginia retailers — reported a ransomware cyberattack resulting in a temporary shutdown.

While the UPA has issued a temporary fuel transportation waiver to increase the supply of gasoline, the Governor’s emergency declaration allows state agencies to issue their own waivers as required by the state.

Executive Order 78 also provides increased flexibility and funding for state and local governments to ensure adequate fuel supply.

“This emergency declaration will help the Commonwealth prepare for any potential supply shortages and ensure Virginia motorists have access to fuel as we respond to this evolving situation.”

Gov. Ralph Northam

Earlier on Tuesday, May 11, EPA Administrator Michael Regan issued an emergency fuel waiver to help alleviate fuel shortages across Virginia and other states impacted.

The waiver will continue through May 18.

Roanoke City officials have released a statement urging residents not to panic when it comes to filling your tank with gas.

They recommend not to rush to your nearest gas station to fill up your tank, if you do not need to.

A copy of the Executive Order can be found below.

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