Panic buying shuts down US gas stations as pipelines begin to reopen

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Washington (AFP) – The major US pipeline network forced offline by a cyber attack began to reopen Wednesday, its operator said, after a five-day shutdown prompted motorists to frantically stock up on gasoline and some gas stations on the US east coast to close. But Colonial Pipeline warned that it will take “several days” before supplies will return to normal. Faced with a growing shortage, a dozen states ranging from Florida to Virginia declared a state of emergency, heightening the sense of panic among consumers who flocked to gas stations bearing fuel cans and other containers to fill up. A…

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