ENB - Region 9 Notices
Notice of Public Comment Period
Proposed Well Spacing Variance
Project Description and Location: U.S. Energy Development Corp. (U.S. Energy 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 Timmel 4 (API 31-029-25243-00-00) Medina natural gas well on acreage to be designated as the Timmel 4 Spacing Unit in the Town of Collins, Erie 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) which require that, in the absence of a Department order establishing spacing units, a well cannot be located less than 660 feet from any boundary line of the lease or unit. A permit to drill is also required by 6 NYCRR 552.1.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department or NYS DEC) 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 13, 2008. Written comments on the draft order should be submitted to: John K. Dahl, Bureau of Oil and Gas Regulation, Division of Mineral Resources, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-6500, Phone: (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 Timmel 4 well at the proposed location subject to site-specific conditions as warranted.
Issuance of the permit to drill will provide for recovery of the natural gas resource in accordance with the policy provisions of ECL §23-0301. If after order issuance, U.S. Energy 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, Phone: (518) 402-8056, Contact: Thomas E. Noll; at the NYS DEC Region 9 Headquarters, 182 E. Union Street, Allegany, New York 14706-1328 (716-372-0645), Contact: Christopher Miller; and the Town of Collins Supervisor, 14093 Mill Street, Collins, New York 14034 (716-532- 4874), Contact: Kenneth E. Martin.
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).
Erie County - The Buffalo Sewer Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Hamburg Drain Floatable Control Facility will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of a three story (one below grade) concrete block and masonry screening facility on property owned by the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA). The project area will encompass approximately 8,000 square feet. The facility is designed to remove floatable material from the 20 sewer regulators within the Hamburg Drain System through the use of mechanical screens, conveyors and screening grinders. The screenings will be pumped through a force main to an existing sanitary sewer running parallel to the Hamburg Drain. Portions of the existing drain upstream and downstream will be abandoned and the connection of the existing Oak/Swan Street Overflow will be relocated to the Hamburg Drain. This connection will be relocated to the screening facility to allow for Oak/Swam Street overflows to be treated. The project is located between the Oak and Elm Street ramps of the New York State Thruway (Interstate I-90) within the City of Buffalo, New York.
Contact: James J. Eagan, Buffalo Sewer Authority, 1038 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14217, Phone: (716) 865-4556, ext. 215, E-mail: email@example.com.