The federal government issued a rare emergency statement on Sunday after a cyberattack on a large U.S. pipeline choked off oil shipping to the eastern United States
The Colonial Pipeline, which is responsible for the largest fuel pipeline in the country, shut down on Friday after hackers broke into some of its networks. All four main lines remain offline.
The emergency declaration by the Ministry of Transport aims to develop alternative transport routes for oil and gas. It lifts the rules for drivers hauling fuel in 17 states in the southern and eastern United States and the District of Columbia, allowing them to drive more overtime and less sleep between fuel distributors and local gas stations than federal restrictions normally allow . The US is already facing a shortage of tanker drivers.
The emergency ordinance extends until June 8th and can be renewed. Colonial has not yet announced a date that it is expected to be full again …