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Rhode Island Joins Neighbors in Taking Aim at Offshore Oil

Jan. 22, 2018, 10:15 PM

Rhode Island state lawmakers have drafted a bill to prohibit construction of oil platforms in the water within three miles of the state’s shoreline as a way to block offshore oil drilling.

The bill already has 25 co-sponsors and has the support of Gov. Gina Raimondo (D).

Raimondo joins the governors of almost every other East Coast state in opposing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposed five-year plan to open the U.S. Outer Continental shelf to oil and natural gas drilling, starting in 2019. The plan announced Jan. 4 proposes two areas to be...

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