The administration is working out ways to mitigate the supply shortage after the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline.
The US Department of Transportation has completed an assessment of which ships can transport petroleum products from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast and is ready to consider any requests for exceptions to the Jones Act rules, the White House said on Wednesday after a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline paralyzed the operation of a major pipeline.
The Jones Act requires that ships built domestically and manned by American crews carry all goods moved between US ports.
An exemption from these rules is granted by the Department of Homeland Security. The head of the department, Alejandro Mayorkas, said on Tuesday that the authorities want to prepare for immediate action.
“The Department of Homeland Security is ready to consider any requests for a temporary waiver from the Jones Act requirements for companies that can prove that ships that meet the requirements of the Jones Act are not sufficient to transport fuel to the affected region,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.
Due to the cyber-attack on the Colonial Pipeline, the volume of fuel supplies was reduced by 2.5 million barrels per day. According to the White House, the administration is working hard on ways to mitigate the supply shortage in the states in the southeast of the United States.
According to Psaki, an interagency working group set up to address the problem met on Tuesday evening to discuss “the latest news on the fuel supply situation in the affected region and the steps that various agencies have taken and are considering to mitigate further the deficit.” The Department of Transportation on Tuesday night said it was allowing Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia to use highways to transport gasoline and other fuel by a heavy truck.