Massachusetts Gas Prices Rise Following Cyberattack On Colonial Pipeline

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts gas prices have gone up 6 cents following the cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline last week.

AAA Northeast said gas prices in the state are now averaging $2.86 dollars per gallon. That’s 12 cents higher than a month ago, and 92 cents higher than a year ago. However, Massachusetts’ average price is still 10 cents lower than the national average.

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AAA predicts gas prices will continue to rise following the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, which delivers about 45% of all fuel to the East Coast.

“This shutdown will have implications on both gasoline supply and prices, but the impact will vary regionally. Areas including Mississippi, Tennessee and the east coast from Georgia into Delaware are most likely to experience limited fuel availability and price increases, as early as this week,” Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast Director of Public and Government Affairs, said. “These states may see prices increase three to seven cents this week.”

Colonial Pipeline said they are working with "third-party cybersecurity experts, law enforcement, and other federal agencies to restore pipeline operations quickly and safely."

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