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ENB - Region 9 Notices

Public Notice

Proposed Well Spacing Variance

Project Description and Location: Cotton Well Drilling Co., Inc. ("Cotton" or "Applicant") has applied for a well permit and variance to the well spacing requirements set forth in Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York ("6 NYCRR") Section 553.1(a) to drill the Smith 1 (API 31-013-24617-00-00) Medina natural gas well on acreage to be designated as the Smith Spacing Unit in the Town of Sheridan, Chautauqua County, New York. The Applicant proposes to drill, complete and produce the well, but needs a variance from the well spacing provisions set forth under 6 NYCRR 553.1(a).

The Department of Environmental Conservation ("Department") has proposed an order regarding the granting of a well spacing variance. The Department supports the granting of the requested variance and issuance of the drilling permit.

Public Comment Period: All persons, organizations, corporations or government agencies which may be affected by the draft order are invited to submit written comments. The public comment period will remain open until June 15, 2007. Written comments on the draft order should be submitted to: John K. Dahl, Director, Bureau of Oil and Gas Regulation, Division of Mineral Resources, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Albany, NY 12233-6500, (518-402-8056).

If no substantive and significant issues are identified regarding the draft order at the end of the comment period, the order will become final and binding on the Applicant and its successors and assigns. Pursuant to the final order, the Department will grant the variance and issue a permit to drill the Smith 1 well at the proposed location subject to site-specific conditions as warranted.

Issuance of the permit to drill will protect correlative rights and is necessary to carry out the policy provisions of ECL §23-0301. If after order issuance, Cotton does not control 100% of the acreage within the spacing unit, an integration hearing will be scheduled pursuant to ECL §23-0901(3).

Document Availability: All filed documents (including the permit application, the variance request and the draft order) are available for inspection during normal business hours at the Department's Division of Mineral Resources, 625 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Albany, New York 12233-6500 (518-402-8056), Contact: Thomas E. Noll; at the Department's Region 9 Headquarters, 182 E. Union Street, Allegany, New York 14706-1328 (716-372-0645), Contact: Christopher Miller; and at the Town of Sheridan Supervisor's office, Town Hall, 2702 Route 20, Sheridan, New York 14135 (716-672-4174), Contact: John H. Walker, II.

Statutory and Regulatory Provisions: This application was filed and is being processed pursuant to ECL Article 3, Title 3 (Department of Environmental Conservation, General Functions, Powers, Duties and Jurisdiction); Article 8 (Environmental Quality Review); Article 23 (Mineral Resources); and 6 NYCRR Part 550 et seq. (Mineral Resources); Part 617 (State Environmental Quality Review).

Negative Declaration

Erie County - The North Collins Central School District, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed various improvements at the North Collins Junior / Senior High School site and Elementary School site will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The work proposed for the Junior / Senior High School site includes replacement of roofs with fully adhered membrane roofing system, replacement of auditorium rooftop HVAC unit and kitchen flooring, masonry restoration, and reconfiguration of the guidance suite and a science room. Site work will consist of reconfiguring the soccer field, reconstruction of the baseball field and construction of a new softball field with under drain. The surfaces of these athletic fields may be constructed with synthetic turf. Items at the Elementary School site include replacement of roofs with fully adhered membrane roofing system, replacement of rusted window panels and classroom lighting, improvements to the water system, masonry restoration and renovation of the music suite. Site work will include construction of a new baseball/soccer field, renovation of an existing soccer field, demolition of an existing playground and construction of a new playground, and construction of a new parking area, bus loop and sidewalk. A bus storage building is also proposed for this site. The project is located at North Collins Junior / Senior High School, 2045 School Street, North Collins, NY 14111 and North Collins Elementary School, 10469 Bantle Road, North Collins, NY 14111.

Contact: Benjamin A. Halsey, E-mail: bhalsey@northcollins.wnyric.com.

Erie County - The Orchard Park Central School District, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Orchard Park Central School District Capital and Co-Curricular Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the various health and safety / accessibility (renovate toilet rooms, upgrade ventilation etc.), interior (classrooms, walls, flooring, locker rooms etc.) and exterior (doors, masonry, windows etc.) reconstruction, additions and site work (athletic fields, drainage, sidewalks, pavement etc.) improvements to be undertaken at multiple district facilities. Many of the improvements consist of repair, replacement or renovation work to life safety and other building systems (HVAC, electrical, plumbing etc.), building envelope and instructional spaces. Other Capital Project work at the high school includes construction of approximately 15,000 s.f. of additions, new parking area, baseball field and retention pond. The Co-Curricular Project consists of additional site improvements at the high school including a new synthetic turf field replacing the existing football grass field, an all-weather event area between the track and new turf field, replacement tennis courts, additional parking area at the athletic complex, new drainage for soccer and softball fields and re-grading a lawn area to make it accessible as an athletic play area. The project is located at:

Orchard Park High School
4040 Baker Road
Orchard Park, NY 14127

Ellicott Elementary
5180 Ellicott Road
Orchard Park, NY 14127

Orchard Park Middle School
60 S. Lincoln Avenue
Orchard Park, NY 14127

Eggert Elementary
3580 Eggert Road
Orchard Park, NY 14127

Administrative Center
3330 Baker Road
Orchard Park, NY 14127

South Davis Elementary
51 South Davis Street
Orchard Park, NY 14127

Windom Elementary
3870 Sheldon Road
Orchard Park, NY 14127

Bus Garage
60 S. Lincoln Avenue
Orchard Park, NY 14127

Contact: Jeffrey R. Petrus, E-mail:JPetrus@opschools.org.

Chautauqua County - The Forestville Central School District, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed capital improvements at Forestville High School and Elementary School will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The prposed improvements at the High School include an approximately 18,500 s.f. addition (to an existing 73,000 sq. ft. building) for cafeteria/kitchen expansion, new music suite and toilet room, main entry and auditorium. Interior renovations include improvements and relocations of various spaces (eg., kitchen, meal serving space, office area, nurse's area, guidance area, and art, science, computer, technology and special education rooms). The existing bus garage, attached to the High School, will be converted to a new maintenance shop. A new 2-bay, 5,000 s.f. bus garage with new fuel storage will be constructed in the southeast portion of the High School campus. Other site work includes access new and reconstructed driveways and parking lots, reconstructed baseball field, sanitary line replacement, and new storm water retention areas. Proposed improvements at the Elementary School consist of the construction of new football and baseball fields, reconstruction of play area, and replacement of the existing wastewater treatment plant serving both schools and bus garage. A new ADA-accessible entrance is also planned. The project is located 4 Academy St. and Water St., Forestville, Chautauqua County.

Contact: John A. O'Connor, E-mail: joconnor@forestville.wnyric.org.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

Wyoming County - The Town Board of the Town of Wethersfield, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Noble Wethersfield Windpark. Comments on the Draft EIS are requested and the time to submit comments to the lead agency contact person has been extended until June 9, 2007 at 5 p.m. The action involves the construction, operation and maintenance of a 127.5 MW wind energy facility consisting of 85 wind turbines (59 in the Town of Wethersfield and 26 in the Town of Eagle), along with associated access roads, electrical collection system and electrical substation. Each turbine will be approximately 400' tall when the blade is at highest point. The project is located in portions of the Towns of Wethersfield and Eagle, Wyoming County, New York. Copies of the Draft EIS are available and may be obtained at the following locations:

Copies of the Draft EIS are available and may be obtained at the following locations:

  • Noble Environmental Power's Office
    Heather Yates, Administrative Assistant
    7294 Centerville Road
    Bliss, New York 14204
    (585) 322-7675
  • Noble Environmental Power's website: http://www.noblepower.com/
  • Town of Wethersfield Town Hall
    Gail Vosburg, Town Clerk
    4362 Route 78
    Gainesville, New York 14066
    (585) 322-0118
  • Eagle Free Library
    Linda Lavery, Director
    3413 School Street
    Bliss, New York 14204
    (585) 322-7701
  • Warsaw Library
    Angela Gonzalex, Director
    130 North Main Street
    Warsaw, New York 14569
    (585) 786-5650

Contact: David M. DiMatteo, 116 North Main Street, Warsaw, New York 14569-0190, Phone: (585) 786-2110.

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