Trump waives Jones Act to bring in fuel ahead of Irma’s arrival

9 Sep 2017   USA

The Trump administration is waiving Jones Act requirements until September 15 to address a potential fuel shortage in Florida caused by the approaching Hurricane Irma and lingering Gulf Coast pipeline and refinery disruptions following Hurricane Harvey. Waiver covers seven states, Puerto Rico Lasts for seven days, but may be extended ExxonMobil subsidiary made initial waiver request The Jones Act requires vessels transporting goods between US ports to be US-flagged, US-built and majority US-owned. On Friday, Elaine Duke, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, signed a waiver which will allow gasoline and other refined products to move between US ports on foreign-flagged vessels over the next seven days. The waiver is needed to “facilitate” shipments of refined petroleum products, including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, from ports in New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Louisiana to South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, […]

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