Drilling off the coast is not 
a good idea for R.I. or the nation

A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT? The proposal by the U.S. Department of the Interior to allow oil and gas drilling on all of the United States’ continental shelf – such as this rig off the coast of Long Beach, Calif. – has brought swift negative reactions, including from Rhode Island officials. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/TIM RUE
A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT? The proposal by the U.S. Department of the Interior to allow oil and gas drilling on all of the United States’ continental shelf – such as this rig off the coast of Long Beach, Calif. – has brought swift negative reactions, including from Rhode Island officials. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/TIM RUE
When the Trump administration released plans to allow offshore drilling for oil and gas on 90 percent of the United States’ continental shelf, including off Rhode Island, the reaction was swift. Visions of the nightmare Deepwater Horizon spill no doubt spring to mind, with the potential to foul our beaches and its fisheries. But the…

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