UPDATED: Fuel shortages reported at Love’s and Pilot truck stops in the East

May 17, 2021

Tyson Fisher


This story was last updated Monday afternoon, May 17, 2021.

Disruptions from the Colonial Pipeline hack has affected many industries, including several locations of major truck stop chains.

On May 9, the Colonial Pipeline was hit by a cybersecurity attack, forcing it to shut down 5,500 miles of pipeline. That pipeline provides a significant percentage of fuel in the East. Consequently, several Love’s Travel Stops and Pilot Co. locations are experiencing fuel shortages.

Love’s Travel Stops fuel shortages

At 2 p.m. Central on Monday, May 17, Love’s Travel Stops reported no diesel outages at any of its locations. Only one location is at risk of a diesel outage: Love’s at 13365 Glenbrook Ave. (Exit 24, Interstate 81) in Meadowview, Va. (Store 613).

However, several locations are still experiencing gasoline outages, with several more at risk of a gasoline outage. For the latest information of outages at Love’s locations, go to Loves.com/FuelUpdates.

Pilot Co. fuel shortages

The situation at Pilot Co. locations is also a positive one. As of noon Central on Monday, Pilot Co. reported only one location with a diesel outage: Pilot Travel Center at 1000 Truckstop Road (off of Interstate 95) in Kenly, N.C. (Store 6990).

Pilot Co. is also reporting gasoline outages at four locations, three in South Carolina and one in Florida. More information is available at PilotFlyingJ.com/operational-updates.

TravelCenters of America 

In a Facebook post, TravelCenters of America stated it is “currently experiencing intermittent supply outages at sites and may be limiting the amount of gallons per purchase depending on location.” However, TA does not have a list of affected locations as of publication.

“TravelCenters of America moved quickly upon learning of the Colonial Pipeline situation to ensure ample diesel and gas supply at all of our locations across the country,” TA said in a statement. “Our dedicated team is working closely with our suppliers and other partners, and we are bringing in product from other markets to maintain availability and to help minimize any potential disruptions.” LL

Florida gas lines, photo by OOIDA member Jeff Walker
OOIDA member Jeff Walker sent this photo of motorists queueing up for fuel in Florida west of Miami on Wednesday, May 12.


Tyson Fisher joined Land Line Magazine in March 2014. An award-winning journalist and tireless researcher, his news reports, features and blogs bring depth to our editorial content, backed with solid detail. Tyson is a lifelong Kansas Citian.