A couple day disruption in one pipeline and this is happening.
I guess I didn’t even realize that a single pipeline provided one third of the gas to the East Coast. How has this pipeline never been targeted by terrorists? How hard would it be to blow that thing up? The best part of the story where I saw the above tweet was this line:
“I pulled in, I start pumping my gas and then I realized I put $80 worth in my truck,” another driver told 8News. “The lady next to me said she put $100 in her car. She just started crying because she said her car don’t take that much.”
Her car don’t take that much? When did we start to rate vehicle fuel capacity in dollars instead of gallons? Do we say “My new Honda gets 26 miles to the dollar”? Gah…
Anyway, thanks to the sudden supply disruption, prices spiked and people started hoarding. This led to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission tweeting out this handy information:
This was in response to pictures of people actually filling plastic bags with gasoline, along with all sorts of other containers. I am sure a plastic grocery bag will safely and securely hold a couple gallons of gas indefinitely without dissolving or evaporating. How do these people think they will get the gas from the bag into the car?
I have said it before but here I am saying it again: our just in time supply chain is incredibly fragile and prone to failing when there is any sort of disruption. Toilet paper, ammo, lumber, gas. These aren’t minor things. What happens when the disruption is more widespread and serious than some hackers messing around?
How will you change your behavior realizing that this could happen (or is happening) in your area of operations?