Fri May 13, 2011
RI Reps vote against offshore drilling bill
By CATHERINE WELCH
PROVIDENCE, RI – Both David Cicilline and Jim Langevin voted against a bill passed in the U.S. House lifting offshore drilling restrictions.
The bill called, "Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act" lifts the ban put in place after last year's BP oil spill. Supporters say this will cut dependency on foreign oil and lower gas prices. Langevin says it will do nothing but hurt Rhode Islanders in the short-term.
"The reality is that Rhode Islanders need relief now and we can't subject our state's greatest economic drivers: tourism, fishing and the health of our ecosystem to the dangers associated with offshore drilling," says Langevin.
Cicilline's office says it heard from hundreds of constituents opposed to this bill.
The House also passed legislation that automatically approves drilling permits if the government hasn't moved on them by 60 days.
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