Support for the Jones Act ‘Waivering’?

15 Sep 2017; On September 13, Elaine Duke, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Acting Secretary extended the limited Jones Act waiver for international flag tankers until September 22, 2017.  The original waiver was issued on September 8, in advance of hurricane Irma making landfall in Florida.  The waiver is ‘limited’ in the sense that it applies only to certain commodities – specifically, “refined petroleum products, including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.  Geographically, the waiver extends only to refined product shipments from New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas to Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Puerto Rico.  Jones Act waivers are very rare and are typically only issued after major natural disasters.  The last time a Jones Act waiver was issued was in December 2012, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and before that after Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.  Under these circumstances the waivers are typically widely supported.

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