The Democrat & Chronicle's Jon Campbell reports:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to make New York's ban on hydraulic fracturing ["fracking"] harder to overturn.
Cuomo, a Democrat, pledged support Tuesday for making the state's fracking ban [link removed because it is behind a paywall] "permanent," meaning it would be set in law and require the legislature to overturn it.
As it stands, the state's ban is held in place by the Department of Environmental Conservation, which oversees gas drilling in New York and is run by a Cuomo appointee. It could easily be overturned by a future governor without lawmakers' approval.
Thanks to Politico New York Energy reporter Marie French's retweet of Susan Arbetter
for this tip.