Mississippi Commerce Commissioner: Refrain from 'panic buying' fuel

The pipeline, a major transporter of fuel along the East Coast, was the victim of a cyberattack last week.

Posted: May 11, 2021 12:28 PM
Updated: May 11, 2021 1:07 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi does not face a gas shortage due to the Colonial Pipeline disruption, Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson said Tuesday.

The pipeline, a major transporter of fuel along the East Coast, was the victim of a cyberattack last week.


Andy Gipson serves as Mississippi’s eighth Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. | Source: Mississippi House of Representatives

Colonial Pipeline Company, the largest U.S. refined products pipeline system and can carry more than 3 million barrels of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel between the U.S. Gulf Coast and the New York Harbor area., Photo Date: Undated

Read More - Pipeline officials hope most service will be back by weekend

Gipson urges the public to avoid “panic buying” of fuel. This could exhaust supplies at gas stations.

In the meantime, Gipson suggests Mississippians limit unnecessary travel and purchase fuel only as needed.

He shared the following statement on Tuesday.

Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson encourages the public across Mississippi to refrain from “panic buying” fuel due to the halted operations of the Colonial Pipeline. Colonial Pipeline expects to restore operations by the end of this week.

“In the meantime,” Commissioner Gipson suggests, “the best things we can do are: 1) limit unnecessary travel; and 2) purchase fuel only as needed.”

“I want to encourage the public across the state to purchase the fuel they need, but not over buy or panic purchase fuel. Mississippi does not face a gas shortage due to the pipeline disruption, but panic buying could exhaust, and in some cases has already exhausted some local station supplies. The Department’s Regulatory Services Bureau is closely monitoring this situation,” said Commissioner Gipson.

Commissioner Gipson continued, “The East Coast and landlocked states without refineries may see disruptions. You’ll see it on the news, I’m sure. But the Colonial Pipeline supplies less than 30 percent of the fuel in Mississippi. Our river terminals at Vicksburg, Greenville and Aberdeen are continuing to receive an abundant supply of product – increased, even, because of the the delay in shipping on the pipeline. Our land terminals are continuing to fill orders. The Plantation Pipeline is increasing supply and the Pascagoula Chevron Refinery is operating without disruption.”

The Plantation Pipeline, an additional pipeline running through the state, is working to accommodate added supply on its pipeline. The Chevron Pascagoula Refinery, one of the largest refining operations in the country located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, is unaffected due to the outage of the Colonial Pipeline. The Chevron Pascagoula Refinery is continuing to supply its customer network along the U.S. East Coast and is managing fuel supply chain disruptions caused by the outage of the Colonial Pipeline.

Due to additional labor shortage pressure in the fuel transportation industry, the U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a waiver allowing for longer service hours by motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in affected states, including Mississippi.

“I recommend Mississippians limit travel as possible, but if traveling for work or pleasure this week to be mindful of their fuel needs. You should call ahead to the chamber of commerce or local tourism office at your destination to inquire about local fuel supplies. Unfortunately, gas prices have been on the rise, and we expect this will further contribute to price increases at the pump. However, we anticipate any local price increases felt by consumers will not be the result of lack of supply, but rather are related to additional shipping costs incurred with picking up product in markets outside of the routine contract area due to the disruption,” said Commissioner Gipson.

Commissioner Gipson concluded, “In summary, Mississippians should travel as necessary and purchase only the fuel they need. ‘Panic buying’ is counterproductive, and there is no need to panic.”

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Tate342586
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Alcorn327473
Scott320374
Yazoo314371
Adams308386
Itawamba305178
Copiah299966
Coahoma298984
Simpson298589
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George252251
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Stone188733
Clay187954
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Clarke178980
Calhoun174232
Yalobusha167840
Smith164134
Walthall135447
Greene131834
Lawrence131224
Montgomery128643
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Perry127538
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Carroll122330
Webster115032
Jefferson Davis108334
Tunica108127
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Benton102325
Humphreys97533
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Choctaw79118
Wilkinson69632
Jefferson66328
Sharkey50917
Issaquena1696
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