Gov. Rick Scott Takes Aggressive Action To Expedite Fuel Delivery To Gas Stations
By Space Coast Daily // September 13, 2017
Port Canaveral open, prioritizing fuel tanker ships
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Gov. Rick Scott took aggressive action to expedite fuel delivery to gas stations in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
Port Canaveral, Port Everglades and Port of Tampa are all open and are actively prioritizing fuel tanker ships. The Florida Highway Patrol has 20 troopers dedicated to escorting fuel resupply trucks to communities in need.
ACTIONS TAKEN BY GOV. SCOTT:
- Directed the Florida Highway Patrol to escort fuel resupply trucks to gas stations;
- Waived the tax on fuel entering the state;
- Scott and executive office staff have held daily calls with all fuel supply stakeholders, including Florida Ports;
- Following the Governor’s request, Vice President Pence announced that the federal government has waived the Jones Act upon Governor Scott’s request, which waives additional rules and regulations to allow more fuel to get to Florida fast. This waiver ensures that all options are available to distribute fuel to Florida. The last Jones Act waiver was issued in December 2012, for petroleum products to be delivered for relief assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
- Following the Governor’s request, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved an emergency fuel waiver which allows more fuel to quickly enter the state. For more information, please click HERE.
- Requested eleven states to join Florida in waiving weight and driver restrictions to move goods more quickly into the state, including fuel.
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