Discussions on the no gas and shortages situation in Carteret County NC during May of 2021 when Colonial Pipeline shut it’s operations down to avert a ransomware attack on their business. Their pipeline stretches from Texas to New York and severly limited the flow of gas in the Southeast for many weeks.
As of writing this article at 11:30 pm on May 12th, 2021, our readers are telling us there is no gas anywhere in the county being sold except for diesel. However, we were able to learn that some convenience stores do have small reserves which are being used for first responders, healthcare workers, and emergency services personnel only.
Additionally, readers are telling us that at least one gas station or convenience store in the local area each day was able to get a delivery which resulted in heavy traffic and long lines until that store ran out very quick.
Furthermore, drivers in the county reported that the popular app Gasbuddy is wrongly informing users of their app that gas stations have gas. Additionally, readers are telling us that at many locations drivers will report seeing a tanker truck at a location resulting in viral social media postings causing drivers to drive to that location just to discover that the tanker was unloading diesel only.
In talking with staff at several Jim Dandy stores in the Carteret County NC communities of Morehead City, Newport, Beaufort, and places down east, they are reporting at least 80 calls per day from local residents asking if they have gas.
In talking with someone in the fuel transport industry within the county, there is currently a ship docked at the Wilmington, NC port which has fuel and there are over 200 tanker trucks from Eastern NC waiting to offload that fuel. However, there is no way to know how much of that tanker’s load will make it to our county.
Readers are reporting sporadic cases where people are siphoning gas from other people’s cars, or siphoning fuel from boats or spare automobiles just to be able to get to work. For industries like Uber and Lyft, door dash and Uber Eats, and other food delivery services, we understand those services are completely shutdown.
Did the shortage of gas in Carteret County NC impact your family in May of 2021? How so?
Are you a business owner who experienced a loss of business because of this issue?
Which convenience stores and gas stations in Morehead City, Newport, Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Emerald Isle, and Harkers Island were able to get sporadic tanker trucks with fuel? Which stores had none?
During the 2021 Colonial Pipeline shutdown, what unique ways did your family use to help manage continued working and income?
As a emergency services, healthcare, or first responder in the county, did this issue cause disruptions in responding to essential situations in the county?
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County and municipal officials are saying that the current shortage and long lines resulted from panic buying and hoarding a week before which set off a chain reaction resulting in this crisis.