New England’s woes are attributable to two factors: its lack of pipeline infrastructure, which prevents it from receiving supplies from other parts of the U.S., and a century-old law known as the Jones Act that limits the delivery of fuel from the rest of the country by ship.
As a result, U.S. fuel continues to be exported at record volumes to the European Union — where gas storage facilities are full and oil is, for now, oversupplied — even as its own residents are starved of that same supply.
When a cargo is loaded in the American Gulf Coast, it will be on a foreign registered ship since all LNG tankers are foreign registered. So that ship cannot sail to another American port.
If the ship owners re-register in the US, then after USCG recertification that ship can sail to an American port but the ship owners costs for operating that ship (not including mandated US modifications) escalate.
A Congressional waiver to set aside the Jones Act would be required. But no such action has gotten anywhere in one hundred years. And how does “The Big Guy” get his cut? And Biden’s base would howl if he signed such a bill, even if it meant some Americans would freeze to death.
In the interim, American NG is going to China and Europe.