The US government has drafted an emergency bill in response to a cyber attack on Colonial Pipeline,

BBC News

reports

Monday.

Due to the attack on the largest oil pipeline company in the country, various IT systems have been shut down and all pipelines have been cut off.

In total, eighteen states have been granted temporary waivers for the transportation of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other refined petroleum products.

The emergency law ensures that states can obtain the fuels by road from Texas.

These are Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

The oil pipeline company could not say on Sunday how long the pipes will remain closed.

It could affect the oil price, experts say.

Oil shortages can cause oil prices to rise.

Colonial operates a network of 9,000 kilometers of oil pipelines that transport diesel, kerosene and other oil products. The oil comes from the southern states on the Gulf of Mexico and is transported from there to the rest of the country.