Viral Videos And Pictures Show People Panic Buying And Hoarding Gas Amid ‘Gas Shortage’ Across Several States

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People are losing their minds and panic buying tons of gas after a cyberattack struck the Colonial Pipeline last week by Russian ransomware group Darkside. The hoarding of gas due to the fear brought on by the cyberattack is leading to fuel shortages in several states across the southeast.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has asked Americans not to hoard gas as the pipeline attempts to resume normal operations by the end of the week.

“Let me emphasize that much as there was no cause for say, hoarding toilet paper at the beginning of the pandemic, there should be no cause for hoarding gasoline, especially in light of the fact that the pipeline should be substantially operational by the end of this week and over the weekend.”

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like people are listening to government officials as videos and pictures of consumers hoarding gas have popped up on social media.