Raimondo, local groups to protest offshore drilling proposal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo will partner with state environmental leaders to hold an event Wednesday protesting Republican President Donald Trump’s new offshore drilling plan.

Raimondo says drilling would threaten the state’s waters, which are a vital part of the economy and ecosystem. In the past year, Raimondo said more than 100 million pounds of seafood were brought into Rhode Island ports, equaling $1 billion in revenue.

Wednesday’s event will start at 3:15 p.m. at the State House. The governor will give a press conference, then local group Save the Bay will lead a march to the Providence Marriott, where the Bureau of Ocean Management will hold a public meeting.

Several members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation have spoken out against the proposal as well.

“[The proposal] would be disastrous for Rhode Island and up and down the East Coast,” said Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin.

“This will not happen,” said Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. “Whatever it takes to prevent it, we will see takes place.”