(WBNG) -- Governor Cuomo is looking to make the fracking ban in New York State permanent.
The governor announced legislation Wednesday afternoon that would prevent the state's Department of Environmental Conservation from approving permits that would allow an applicant's ability to "drill, deepen, plug back or convert wells that use hydraulic-fracking to complete or re- complete a well."
The governor says the legislation will protect New Yorkers' health as well as the environment's.
In a statement sent to 12 News, Cuomo highlighted the Southern Tier's devotion to clean energy. He says efforts for clean energy in the Southern Tier have "grown rapidly" over five years.
He cited Binghamton University Professor and 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry recipient Stanley Whittingham's "expertise" in subject as an example of the regions' dedication to clean energy.
"In the five years since fracking was banned, we have proven that it was in fact, not the only economic option for the Southern Tier," Governor Cuomo said in a press release sent to 12 News.
"The region has since become a hotbed for clean energy and economic development investment through programs like 76West and Southern Tier Soaring, creating new good-quality jobs that pave the way for further growth," he said.