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Cuomo threatens to revoke National Grid license in NYS

Gov. Cuomo wants to know why National Grid has so much power.

The governor threatened Thursday to pull the plug on the energy giant if it doesn’t cooperate with state officials seeking answers about its recent moratorium on natural gas hook-ups and its battle over a natural gas pipeline.

“National Grid has a gun to the head of the people of the State of New York,” Cuomo said during an appearance on Long Island News Radio with Jay Oliver.

For months, National Grid denied service to new and returning customers as the state Department of Environmental Conservation rejected a permit for a controversial pipeline slated to run across New York Harbor. New Jersey also denied a permit for the project.

The governor came to the rescue of shut-out customers last week when he vowed to impose millions of dollars in fines unless the company provided natural gas to more than 1,100 customers who were denied service re-connections.

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