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Lawmakers, maritime sector decry notion of Jones Act waivers for US LNG

Originally published in Hellenic Shipping News

Maritime industries pushed back against emerging proposals to waive Jones Act restrictions to encourage shipments of US LNG to Puerto Rico or elsewhere in the US, warning during congressional testimony this week that such steps would hurt the sector and national security.

Calls have surfaced for LNG shipments from the growing US natural gas export sector to New England, where constrained pipeline infrastructure has contributed to tight supplies for power generation during winter peak demand days. And in December, Puerto Rico asked the Trump administration for a 10-year waiver of Jones Act restrictions in order to import LNG on foreign flagged tankers.

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