The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has supported a Jones Act waiver solicitation to an individual organization to ease fuel supply requirements between Gulf Coast and East Coast ports, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in an articulation.
The Jones Act requires merchandise moved between U.S. ports to be conveyed by ships constructed locally and staffed by U.S. crews.
Exclusive Colonial Pipeline started to gradually restart the country’s biggest fuel pipeline network on Wednesday after a ransomware assault shut the line, setting off alarm purchasing and fuel deficiencies in the southeastern United States.
Yet, it will require a few days to get back to typical activities.
Mayorkas didn’t name the organization to which the impermanent and focused on waiver was in all actuality, and said the endorsement was given in light of a legitimate concern for public safeguard, in the wake of counseling the Departments of Transportation, Energy, and Defense.
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“This waiver will help provide for the transport of oil products between the Gulf Coast and East Coast ports to ease oil supply constraints as a result of the interruptions in the operations of the Colonial Pipeline,” he said.
Independently, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in an articulation that the Biden organization will remain in contact with Colonial Pipeline, and offer any help to them depending on the situation in the coming days.
The White House will work with the Department of Homeland Security and different organizations to relieve any difficulties, she said, and encouraged individuals not to store fuel and just buy what they need.
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