NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County officials are monitoring the temporary shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline and fuel supply in the area and are working to ensure county and emergency services remain uninterrupted.
“New Hanover County is prepared to respond to this fuel shortage, and has plans in place to ensure services continue,” said New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman. “Considering Colonial Pipeline has stated they expect the pipeline to be reopened by the end of the week I am not issuing a State of Emergency at this time, but should the situation change, we may choose to do so. I encourage residents to avoid panic purchasing fuel because that drives the shortage, and to conserve fuel by limiting non-essential outings.”
On Monday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a statewide State of Emergency and has temporarily suspended motor vehicle fuel regulations to ensure adequate fuel supplies throughout the state.
Colonial Pipeline was the target of a ransomware cyber-attack resulting in the pipeline shutdown on May 7, and shared Monday that the pipeline is estimated to be reopened by the end of the week.