Wednesday night, The Colonial Pipeline Company, which operates the country’s largest crude oil pipeline, said the 5,500-mile machine was finally restarting, with work to return to normal over the weekend. It had been four days since the pipe went down in history — and fear–redemption of redemption.
And, starting Thursday morning, cars continue to roll around the gasoline up and down the east coast, waiting for their tank full time. It turns out that when you tell people that something is threatening the availability of oil, they melt and buy more. The National Association of Convenience Stores reported that Wednesday’s stations run their business two or four times, with some vendors extracting all kinds of fuel – about 16,000 gallons from each station in just a few hours. That’s the shopping environment that companies see around the storm, says Jeff Lenard, vice president of corporate experiments.
Panic-stricken purchases have spread to air-tight areas in the Colonial Pipeline: On Wednesday, the agency said sales had risen sharply south of Naples, Florida, an area that removes its fuel from cargo ships.
The closure of the pipelines has led to further problems, say company executives. But the decline in oil prices in commercial areas is due to the fact that oil is found in the wrong places. Especially with the use of pipeline in recent days, the oil and gas industry has changed other modes of transport: railways, ships, and especially, motor vehicles. Many trains cars.
In most cases, fuel trucks are the last on the long-haul journey from the fuel depot to the fuel tank. Ships, railways, and pipelines are the main operators, supplying oil to distribution facilities around the world. Tires complete the journey, from a petrol station to one of the 150,000 petrol stations in the country. Due to the shortage of pipelines, and any population growth, motorists now have to change rapidly and sometimes travel very long distances – more than 80 to 180 miles each time, according to Ryan Streblow, interim president of National Tank Truck Carriers, factories.
There are only a few cars to take off, however, it is only a few steps. Thousands of fuel drivers are on the road this week, according to National Tank Truck Carriers, pulling between 8,000 to 11,500 gallons each. It may take a few days for everything at the pump to return to normal.
In an effort to speed up air, the United States government has issued a permit allowing locomotives to carry more fuel than is permitted by security. It will also repeal rules about hours, so that drivers can stay on the road longer than usual.
Michael Belzer, an economist at Wayne State University who specializes in automotive studies, compares what is happening in the oil and gas industry the type of product for sale Many other stages have been encountered during Covid-19 disease plague-out toilet paper that milk that wood. “Like everyone else in Covid’s economy, you have sales divisions,” he says, meaning things are not where they need to be. “It takes time for a small increase in demand.”
Managers in the oil industry say that it would be easier to get oil in the right place if they had more drivers. In April, a group of oil-carrying companies began to warn of a shortage of drivers, especially in light of the expected oil prices expected during the heavy summer months. The companies have 10 percent fewer drivers than they did in 2019, Streblow said Wednesday. “You’re exacerbating the problem when you’re in the market for something, and that’s what we have here on the East Coast. As a result, it’s very stressful.”