Gretchen Whitmershut down the Canadian energy company whose pipeline runs through the Straits of Mackinac stating that the pipeline is a ticking timebomb, according to The Daily Wire.
“These oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac are a ticking timebomb, and their continued presence violates the public trust and poses a grave threat to Michigan’s environment and economy,” Whitmer’s office stated.
Ryan Saavedra stated, “On social media, multiple videos went viral of people showing that their gas stations were out of fuel in states including Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and others.”
“Some analysts said that panic buying could be playing a role in gas stations running out of fuel.”
“Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm warned that gas stations in the impacted regions of the country will likely continue to experience a ‘supply crunch’ even after the pipelines are fully operational again.”
The ransomware attack was “the most significant and successful attack on energy infrastructure we know of in the United States.”
It was reported that the attack was “most immediately affected some of the company’s business-side computer systems — not the systems that directly run the pipelines themselves.”
From The Daily Wire:
The Guardian reported that Whitmer told the Canadian company, Enbridge, to shut down the pipeline known as Line 5 by Wednesday due to activist fears that it could spill any day. The pipeline has operated for nearly 67 years and, according to Enbridge, the portion of the pipeline that runs through the straights has never leaked. A different Enbridge pipeline spilled 845,000 gallons of oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River back in 2010.
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Further, Enbridge has been “working to tunnel beneath the lake bed to further improve the safety of the pipeline,” the Guardian reported, because the pipeline has been hit in the past two years by boat anchors and cables.
The Guardian reported that Whitmer campaigned on shutting down this pipeline and is now pushing for its closure even as the U.S. Department of Transportation issued an emergency declaration for 17 states and the District of Columbia following a cyberattack on the country’s largest pipeline.
As The Daily Wire’s Hank Berrien reported, the “declaration permitted fuel to be transported by road to Alabama, Arkansas, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.”
In addition to the Department of Transportation’s declarations, four states – Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia – have issued emergency declarations over gas shortages, The Daily Wire’s Amanda Prestigiacomo reported. In addition, more than 1,000 gas stations ran out of fuel on Tuesday, The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra reported.
Meanwhile, Homeland Security Advisor and Deputy National Security Advisor Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall insisted there was “not a supply shortage.”