MPSC Chair Dan Scripps statement on Colonial Pipeline shutdown

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  May 12, 2021

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Michigan Public Service Commission Chair Dan Scripps issued the following statement today on the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, a major source of fuel supply for states from the Southeast to the East Coast. The 5,500-mile pipeline was shut down May 7 after its operators learned the company was the victim of a ransomware cyberattack. Pipeline operators and federal government officials have said they hope to restore the pipeline to full capacity this week.

"The MPSC is closely monitoring the situation on the East Coast but doesn't anticipate shortages of automotive fuel in Michigan," Scripps said. "We are also continuing to monitor price impacts, particularly as gasoline prices typically increase this time of year as we head towards Memorial Day and the summer driving season. While we know of no related threats to Michigan utilities or pipeline operators, Michigan's energy companies are on heightened alert and have increased their monitoring and security measures, and the Commission has been in regular communication on these efforts. Michigan's preparedness to deal with cyberattacks was one of the topics covered in the Commission's 2019 Statewide Energy Assessment, and the MPSC's cybersecurity staff conducts annual security meetings with Michigan electric utilities and will begin similar meetings with Michigan gas utilities this year. This attack places a spotlight on the growing threat of cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, and the Commission will remain vigilant in assessing any threats and the preparedness of the energy companies we regulate."

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