Anti-fracking protestors staked out the New York City Wine and Food Festival Saturday, but the person they were angry at, Governor Andrew Cuomo, never showed.
Cuomo was scheduled to make an appearance at the annual event but apparently backed out at the last minute.
The Cuomo administration has been studying whether to lift a moratorium on the controversial drilling method that extracts natural gas from deep within the Earth's crust.
While it could help boost the state's economy, many say the technique is harmful to the environment.
"We know what it's doing to our planet. We know what it's doing to our land. We know what it's going to do to our air. We know what's it's going to do to our water," said protester David Galarza. "So we're actually right across from an event that apparently Governor Cuomo chickened out of because he knew we were going to be here to basically tell him in one clear voice that we oppose fracking and we're calling for a ban on fracking in New York State."
The protest was one of more than 200 events taking place around the world as a part of an annual event called "Global Frackdown."