PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Protesters have gathered in Providence as federal ocean regulators opened a public meeting on the Trump administration’s plan to allow drilling off the coast.
Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo (ray-MAHN’-doh) told activists and lawmakers gathered at the Statehouse Wednesday that Rhode Island isn’t going to stand for offshore drilling, noting that thousands of fishermen depend on an unpolluted coastline.
The administration has proposed a vast expansion of offshore drilling that would open 90 percent of the nation’s offshore reserves to development by private companies.
Opponents warn any drilling could hurt the fishing industry, tourism and the environment.
About 100 protesters marched from the Statehouse to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management meeting, which some called a “sham hearing.”
One protester held a sign reading “oil and water don’t mix.”