On May 7, 2021, the Colonial Pipeline Company proactively shut down its pipeline system in response to a ransomware attack. On May 13, 2021, Colonial Pipeline announced the company restarted their entire pipeline system and product delivery commenced to all markets.

During the Colonial Pipeline incident, the Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Response Organization was activated to coordinate with industry, interagency, and state partners, providing situational awareness, analysis of impacts, and supporting response efforts. DOE coordinated a whole-of-government response to help support Colonial resume operations quickly and safely, while moving fuel supplies to impacted areas to mitigate impacts to consumers.


  • Watch a video messagefrom Department of Energy Secretary, Jennifer Granholm.
  • Watch a video messagefrom Department of Energy Deputy Secretary, David Turk.
  • Read the White House fact sheet on Biden-Harris Administration’s all-of-government effort to address Colonial Pipeline incident.
  • Read remarks by Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas at the May 11, 2021 White House press briefing.

Access DOE’s guidance and resources for States here.

Federal Agency Actions

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Department of Transportation

U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Environmental Protection Agency

Department of Homeland Security

Colonial Pipeline Status Updates