In September of 2022, Hurricane Fiona struck Puerto Rico. There was widespread flooding and power outages that left thousands of Puerto Ricans without power. Some areas received more than two feet of rain, which caused mudslides and destroyed homes. These effects were exacerbated because Puerto Rico was still recovering from the effects that Hurricane Maria caused just five years earlier. About a week after the storm, Peerless Oil and Chemicals, a petroleum distributor, requested that one of its carriers determine if there was a ship near Puerto Rico that could transport oil to the island. Oil was needed to power generators and various facilities in Puerto Rico.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on October 31, 2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Cortes, Tabatha, "The Jones Act: Legislative Enforcement of Puerto Rico’s Dependence on the Mainland United States" (2022). ERSJ Blog. 33.