Gas prices this week hit the highest level since 2014, in the wake of a cyberattack that led to one of the nation’s largest pipelines being taken offline.
The average price per gallon across the United States hit $3, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). The last time the nation saw average prices at $2.99 and higher was November 2014.
The lowest prices are in the south and upper Midwest, where some people can find a gallon for $2.68. Across the western U.S., consumers may see prices as high as $4.11, according to AAA.
Scattered stations were selling gas as high as $6.99.
The average price per gallon last month was $2.79, up from a low of $1.87 in April and May 2020 in the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The average in April 2019 was $2.83.
Prices are expected to rise further, especially if Colonial Pipeline is unable to fully restore its operations by the end of the week.
A cybercriminal ring called DarkSide stole data from Colonial last week, prompting the company to take certain parts of its network offline, leading to the closure of its 5,500-plus mile pipeline.