Executive Order 96-02
January 21, 1996
WHEREAS, a disaster due to a severe oil spill off the coast or Rhode Island exists and continues; and
WHEREAS, there is an imminent threat of widespread or severe damage, and irreparable harm to wildlife, shellfish, fish, critical natural habitat and sensitive eco-systems, as well as the potential of contamination of food stuffs affected by the spill and the loss of property and other monetary loss; and
WHEREAS, the health, safety and natural resources of the people of Rhode Island are endangered thereby.
NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me under the Constitution of the State of Rhode Island and R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 43-3-28 and 30-15-9 it is hereby Ordered as follows:
1. A state of disaster emergency is hereby declared for the areas affected by the oil spill off of the coast of Rhode Island.