Karen DeWitt

Opponents of a planned fracked gas power plant in the Hudson Valley say they are hoping the US Attorney will investigate decisions made in the permitting process for the plan, now that it’s been revealed that the wife of a former top aide to Cuomo took payments from the lead engineering firm in the project, and that her husband is the subject of a federal probe.

Karen DeWitt

Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke to a very enthusiastic crowd of around 3000 at an armory in Albany. He got some of the biggest cheers when he called for nationwide ban on hydro fracking.

Sanders contrasted his stance on hydrofracking compared to democratic rival Hillary Clinton, and is now saying he wants to ban the natural gas extraction process nationwide.  Clinton wants to strictly regulate fracking. New York has already banned fracking, and Sanders credited those in the crowd for “having the guts” to convince Governor Cuomo to do so.

Karen DeWitt

Fracktivists, as anti hydro- fracking activists are called, hope to play a role in New York’s Presidential primary. They are asking Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, as well as Republican candidates, to take a stand against the Constitution pipeline and other natural gas pipelines, that if approved could criss- cross the state. 

Governor Cuomo says he won’t allow a natural gas transfer station to be built off of the coast of Long Island, saying  there are too many concerns, including damage form future hurricanes, and potential terrorism.  

The Port Ambrose transfer station was to be built off of  the beaches of Long Island, and would have allowed tanker ships to load up with liquefied natural gas,  then distribute the gas into pipelines on the main land.

Cuomo made the announcement to an enthusiastic crowd of Long Island officials and activists.

  Hydro fracking has been banned in New York State for nearly a year now,  but opponents of the natural gas extraction process have other concerns, including new pipelines.