Local elected officials and activists rally in Astoria Park to protest fracked-gas power plant


Elected officials and environmental activists gathered in Astoria Park on Thursday, Aug. 26, to protest plans for NRG Energy’s fracked gas plant that would replace 50-year-old power generators in the Ditmars-Steinway area. 

About 50 people gathered in the park on the second and last day of public hearings for the project, which is currently under review by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The DEC approved draft permits for NRG’s gas-fired power plant in early July.