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Pipeline shutdown causes fear and panic buying in some areas

Posted at 7:00 AM, May 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-12 13:38:11-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Governor DeSantis had declared a state of emergency due to the Colonial Pipeline shutdown.

After the announcement gas stations started seeing a rush of customers causing some local stations to run out of gas.


The order allows the state to relax certain guidelines, so more gas trucks can get on the road. And get gas to pump like these faster.

Our state's Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is also taking action.

She says the shortage there is due to panic buying because of the cyber-attack and not a supply issue.

There are also other factors Including a shortage of fuel truck drivers.

Her big message is don't rush out to the pumps unless you need to.

The governor's order also activates the Florida National Guard as needed.

It's important to note that when it comes to our state Triple-A says we do not largely depend on gasoline from the Colonial Pipeline.

That means we should be well-supplied, unlike states who are really experiencing a shortage.

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