WASHINGTON, DC – Please find below a statement from Department of Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman on DHS Secretary Chertoff’s decision to waive the Jones Act.  This waiver will allow foreign as well as U.S. shipping vessels to transport petroleum and refined petroleum products (gasoline and diesel) until 12:01 a.m. October 24, between domestic ports.  This will enable more crude oil and gasoline to be shipped between ports throughout the country. 

Statement from Secretary Bodman:
“In the aftermath of these two hurricanes, the administration remains committed to using the tools at our disposal to ensure our nation’s fuel markets remain well supplied.  Today, I commend Secretary Chertoff on his decision to again temporarily waive the Jones Act to allow more ships to move between our ports supplying refineries with crude oil and towns and cities with gasoline.”

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