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Sunday, October 18, 2015
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The announcement marked the beginning of the end of a nearly seven- year review process that s panned two governors and three environmental commissioners. Since then, New Yorke rs Against Fracking, the coalition of like-minded groups that shadowed Cuo mo at events and campaign stops across the state, has remained active, with some of its leaders traveling to other states — and even other countries — to speak a bout the successful push a gainst drilling in New York. The Park Foundation, a n Ithaca-based philanthropic fund, has also continued to fund state-based a nti-fracking efforts despite the ban, including a $125,000 grant to New Y orkers Against Fracking earlier this year. O verall, the foundation awarded more than $700,000 in grants to f racking-related causes from January through June across the country, i ncluding to efforts in North Carolina and Calif ornia. An $80,000 grant went toward the making of the third installment of “Gasland,” the documentary series that casts fracking in an environmentally negative light a nd helped bring national attention to the technique. On the other side of the oft-contentious debate, trade groups representing the natural-gas indus- t ry face a key Oct. 27 deadline to file what’s known as an Article 78 claim, which is used to challenge a judgment or action by a state agency. S hould they file the document in court, it would challenge the validity of the state Depart- m ent of Environmental Conservation’s “findings statement” — the 43-page d ocumentthat formally put the ban into place on June 29. If they let the deadline pass, they forfeit their right to file an Article 78 claim. Separately, pro- f racking groups could a lso consider a lawsuit claiming damages from lost oil and gas rights, t hough similar efforts have been unsuccessful thus far. S o far, the industry has held its cards close, declining to say whether a l awsuit is on the way. But API New York, the deep- p ocketed American Petroleum Institute’s state chapter, hasn’t ruled any- t hing out, whether it’s a challenge to the findings statement or some other l egal avenue. “We are considering o ur options,” said Karen Moreau, executive director of API New York, the state chapter of the American Petroleum Institute. “All options are still on the table.” T he Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, a Binghamton-based org anization representing landowners who had hoped to lease their gas r ights to energy companies, had previously sued the Cuomo administration in an unsuccessful attempt to force a decision on fracking prior to the ban. B ut unlike its previous l egal effort, the coalition has not been raising funds for a possible lawsuit this t ime around. “Various groups are looking at a variety of opt ions,” said Scott Kurkoski, the coalition’s Vestal, Broome County-based at- t orney. Other fracking sup- p orters are looking at ways around the ban, which only applies to fracking operations using m ore than 300,000 gallons of water. Tioga Energy Part- n ers, a limited liability company, has filed an application with the state Department of Environmental Conservation seeking approval to use a propane-based, waterless f orm of fracking to help a ccess gas in the Tioga County portion of the Marcellus and Utica shale f ormations. Propane-based frack- ing isn’t covered under t he state’s ban. But approval of the permits is far from a foregone conc lusion: The DEC could order an environmental r eview similar to the one that tied up high-volume, water-based fracking in New York for more than seven years before Cuomo’s administration decided to ban it. W alter Hang, an Ithaca-based organizer and owner of environmental database firm Toxics Targeting, has focused his efforts on stopping the prop ane-fracking applications. The state’s fracking ban, he said, should be w idened to include frack- ing with more than 5,000 gallons of any substance, n ot just 300,000 gallons of water. He’s urged his mailing list, which has thousands of recipients, to call Cuomo’s office and nudge him on the matter. “Shale fracking really h asn’t been prohibited, a nd I’m not convinced that the actual prohibition has so many giant loop- h oles that the industry could frack any time it wants to,” Hang said. “Wat erless alternatives aren’t included in any way, shape or form.” J CAMPBELL1@ J on Campbell is a reporter for Gannett’s Albany bureau. Fracking Continued from Page 1A What’s next » Gas-drilling supporters have until Oct. 27 to file a challenge to the state’s ban on high-volume fracking. » Fracking opponents from New York are hoping to s pread their successful strategy to other states and countries. » A pair of applications for propane-based fracking in T ioga County remain pending with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Craig DeMeyers calls traditional comics “soaps for guys.” Maybe that helps explain why comic books have survived for nearly a century, even as other in- d ustries based on paper and ink have slowly faded from the limelight. But as recent movies and television shows have made superhero stories larger than life, comic books are back with a ‘POW,’ drawing people of a ll ages and genders with their colorful characters a nd epic storylines. “Comics aren’t a subculture anymore — they’re very much in f ront of everyone,” said DeMeyers, of Farmington, who acted on a lifelong dream and opened his Victor comic shop Two K ings Comics about five y ears ago. While some people do shop for their comics online nowadays, the paper business hung on through- o ut the technology boom, s aid DeMeyers, who routinely adds new titles to his inventory and fills la- beled shelves with new weekly issues for his regular customers. “Comics have had a revival over the past few years,” said Andy Battaglia, who owns Comics Etc. on Main Street in Rochester. He credits Hollywood’s push of all t ypes of comic stories, as well as publishers’ desire to attract a more diverse fan base. When it comes to digital versus paper, there’s nothing like flipping pages, said DeMeyers — “When people read the c omics, you can see their face light up…it adds s omething that’s not possible any other way.” DeMeyers stocks comics of all types, appealing t o modern zombie enthusiasts with The Walking Dead, die-hard superhero fans with an array of “tights and flights” sagas, a nd of course, sci-fi devo- t ees with Star Wars comics that bridge the plot gap between the end of the sixth movie installment and the upcoming n ew release. H is shelves are chockfull of figurines in various action poses, T-shirts and games, and a classic gum- b all machine greets customers with ‘magic gum- balls.’ Parking spots out front are emblazoned with superhero logos. Farmington resident Dan Fafinski was into comics throughout his teens and 20s and got his c omics at bookstores until many of those went out of b usiness. He was drawn to Two Kings because it sells a superhero-based game c alled HeroClix and hosts tournaments on Friday nights. His events sometimes draw such large crowds t hat DeMeyers has to turn p eople away, but that’s the kind of community he’s hoping for in the store, he said. “Two Kings is really u nique, because there’s so m uch space in here not dedicated to selling things,” said Fafinski, not- ing the seating areas ins ide the shop for people to h ang out during events. Watching customers run into each other at the store and recognize each other from work or the g ym is a regular occur- r ence, said Battaglia — “They’ll look at each other and say, ‘you collect com- i cs?’” he said. “It’s kind of anice social thing.” DeMeyers’ regular customers have become c lose friends, and often help him sort through inventory, he said. In fact, the camaraderie around comics is almost better t han the products them- s elves. “We’ve got moms, dads, girls, boys…everyone’s trying it,” he said. “To enjoy this stuff, you h ave to be able to talk to o ther people about it.” STADDEO@ Comics shops go KERBLAM! LAUREN PETRACCA/@LAURENPETRACCA/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Camden Thornton of Macedon shops at Two Kings Comics s hop in Victor on Friday. LAUREN PETRACCA/@LAURENPETRACCA/, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Craig DeMeyers, owner of Two Kings Comics shop in Victor, puts in an order for new m erchandise on Friday. LAUREN P ETRACCA/@LAURENPETRACCA/, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER DeMeyersshows off his Flash tattoo to a customer. Stores soar on revival of superheroes in tights “When people read the comics, you can see their face light up.” CRAIG DEMEYERS, OWNER OF TWO KINGS COMICS SARAH TADDEO @SJTADDEO

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