DEANSBORO, NY - Buell Fuels sent four drivers, four trucks, and 50,000 gallons of regular and diesel fuel south to help with the shortage that struck after the cyber attack on the Colonial Pipeline.
"Even though the news was out that the pipeline restarted on Wednesday night, a lot of people don't realize that fuel actually moves about 5 mph and it's gotta go all the way from Houston up to the port in New Jersey," says Garth Curtis, of Buell Fuels.
Curtis says it'll probably be about two weeks before everything is back to normal.
"That pipeline actually moves over 100 million gallons of fuel every day. To put that in persepctive, if you've seen a fuel tractor trailer, to meet that same demand that the pipeline takes care of every day, that's about 10,000 truckloads of fuel, every single day, that's been taken right out of supply," says Curtis.
The drivers left early Wednesday and should be back Sunday and Monday. Curtis points out that many might not appreciate the full value of having all the fuel we need... until we don't.
"You take for granted the fact that you pull into the gas station and there's gas there to fill up, but, what if there's not? What if there's not? And what if you're an ambulance driver that's gotta get a patient to the hospital?"