By Duncan Smith
Well, it looks like Colonial Pipeline got back online late Wednesday and product will once again begin moving through the system.
But it’s going to take some time in order to get the supply of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel back up to par — even as more gas stations close because they’re out.
Here’s a full statement from the company:
Colonial Pipeline initiated the restart of pipeline operations today at approximately 5 p.m. ET.
Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period. Colonial will move as much gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel as is safely possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal.
As we initiate our return to service, our primary focus remains safety. As part of this startup process, Colonial will conduct a comprehensive series of pipeline safety assessments in compliance with all Federal pipeline safety requirements.
This is the first step in the restart process and would not have been possible without the around-the-clock support of Colonial Pipeline's dedicated employees who have worked tirelessly to help us achieve this milestone. We would also like to thank the White House for their leadership and collaboration, as well as the Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, FBI, PHMSA, FERC and other federal, state and local agencies for their ongoing support.
We will continue to provide updates as restart efforts progress.
So we now know that neither the private sector nor the CIA nor the FBI nor the NSA can protect our vital infrastructure — our national security infrastructure — from foreign hackers.
The question now becomes: What is the Biden regime going to do to deter future hacks? What penalties that nation-states and non- state actors will be imposed that they cannot afford to pay?
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) has an idea: Death.
'We ought to pass a law immediately that makes this kind of hacking subject to a death penalty, and the law should include a provision that the president, through a judicial process, should be able to order the killing of anybody overseas who's doing this,” he told Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Monday.
'You get two or three weeks of the Northeast losing 45% of its oil and gas, and the American people are going to say, enough of this baloney, we want this country protected, we want it to be effective, we want it to be immediate and we are going to fire anybody who doesn't get in line,' Gingrich said.
'It's an act of war against the United States to do stuff like this,' he added. 'We need to react to it as an act of war, and the American people are going to look at their representatives and their senators and they're going it say, 'If you don't fix this, your successor will. Because I'm not going to put up with it, and I'm not going to put up with you if you don't fix it.''
Sounds good to us. Because until these enemies have legitimate prices to pay for these kinds of acts, they’re just going to keep doing them.
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