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Upstate NY climate activists heckle federal energy chairman

May 11, 2016

COLONIE, N.Y. (AP) — Climate activists have driven the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from the stage at a conference of power plant owners.

FERC Chairman Norman Bay spoke Wednesday at the Independent Power Producers of New York meeting in suburban Albany. Near the end of his speech, a half-dozen protesters unfurled a banner reading “Keep it in the ground,” referring to coal, oil and natural gas.

Bay left the stage as protesters shouted about risks of fossil fuels and climate change.

Gavin Donohue, president of the power producers group, told the Albany Times-Union (http://bit.ly/21XZWj3 ) the protesters were “aggressive” and “out of line.”

Organizer Aly Johnson-Kurts said the activists will join other groups from around the Northeast on Friday and Saturday at the Port of Albany to protest crude oil shipments.

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