Biden OK’s British BP Diesel Fuel Ship Into Puerto Rico

  • The U.S. government announced on Wednesday that it would temporarily waive a federal law and allow foreign diesel fuel deliveries to Puerto Rico as the island deals with the devastation left behind by Hurricane Fiona, which struck earlier this month.
  • The announcement comes one day after Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi requested U.S. President Joe Biden to temporarily suspend the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 “for the benefit of our people.” Known as the Jones act, the law requires that all goods shipped between American ports be transported to the island on a U.S.-built ship that is owned and crewed by American citizens.