No LNG in PVD! rallied outside the Save the Bay campus in the Port of Providence Wednesday evening ahead of Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo‘s first “Resiliency Roundtable” meetings.
In a statement, No LNG in PVD! said that, “Neither the Governor or Save the Bay have chosen to stand with the communities that would be most impacted by a severe weather event in RI and oppose National Grid‘s toxic and dangerous LNG liquefaction facility in the Port of Providence. This facility would be on the wrong side of the hurricane barrier and mere feet from the coastline.”
I spoke to Monica Huertas, who heads the campaign outside Save the Bay. Chief Resiliency Officer Shawn O’Roarke, says Huertas, needed to be told “what the community is already doing to combat climate change. He doesn’t really have to reinvent anything… We want to start with [O’Roarke] opposing the LNG facility. we don’t want it built here. We don’t want it built anywhere.”
Jonathan Stone, executive director of Save the Bay, told me in August that the organization’s position on the liquefaction project is that “Based on the information we have today, we have concluded that the liquefaction facility will not have a detrimental impact on water quality.”
This is the view of the bay out the windows of Save the Bay.
This is the view from the front door of Save the Bay, looking towards Providence.