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ENB - Region 7 Notices 8/20/2008

Negative Declaration

Cayuga County - The New York State Deprtment of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Drilling Permit Application for Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C. Proposed Atwood 1 Natural Gas Well Located within Cayuga County Agricultural District 6 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the drilling of a natural gas well located within Cayuga County Agricultural District 6. Drilling operations will be conducted in accordance with the drilling permit issued and rules and regulations of NYS DEC. The total area proposed to be disturbed during the initial construction phase for the well site and access road is 117,275 square feet or approximately 2.7 acres. After the well has been drilled, it will be put into production or plugged and abandoned. The well pad and access road areas for a producing well will be reduced to 7,575 square feet or approximately .17 acres and the remaining disturbed areas reclaimed. If the well is plugged and abandoned, the site will be reclaimed. The Atwood 1 property is located approximately 265 feet east of Watkins Road and 3,325 feet southeast of Scott Gulf Road in the Town of Sempronius, New York.

Contact: Linda Collart, NYS DEC - Region 8 Office, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon, NY 14414, Phone: (585) 226-5376, E-mail: lacollar@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Cayuga County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Drilling Permit Application for Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C. Proposed Thilburg 1 Natural Gas Well Located within Cayuga County Agricultural District 6 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the drilling of a natural gas well located within Cayuga County Agricultural District 6. Drilling operations will be conducted in accordance with the drilling permit issued and rules and regulations of the Department. The total area proposed to be disturbed during the initial construction phase for the well site and access road is 172,050 square feet or approximately 3.9 acres. After the well has been drilled, it will be put into production or plugged and abandoned. The well pad and access road areas for a producing well will be reduced to 31,050 square feet or approximately .71 acres and the remaining disturbed areas reclaimed. If the well is plugged and abandoned, the site will be reclaimed. The Thilburg 1 property is located approximately 1,545 feet east of Watkins Road and 1,705 feet southeast of Scott Gulf Road in the Town of Sempronius, New York.

Contact: Linda Collart, NYS DEC - Region 8 Office, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon, NY 14414, Phone: (585) 226-5376, E-mail: lacollar@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Cayuga County - The City Council of the City of Auburn, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Auburn Landfill Gas Electric Generators and Anaerobic Digester Energy Facilities will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the joint venture among the City of Auburn, CH Energy Group, Inc. and its affiliate, CH-Auburn Energy, LLC, for the construction and operation of a landfill generation facility and centralized anaerobic digester facility to process landfill gas and municipal wastewater sludge into energy and other reusable byproducts. The project is located at 35 Bradley Street in the City of Auburn, New York.

Contact: Mark Palesh, City of Auburn, 24 South Street, Auburn, NY 13021, Phone: (315) 255-4104, E-mail: mpalesh@ci.auburn.ny.us.


Onondaga County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Site Preparation of an 80 Acre Field to Convert from Cool Season Grasses to Warm Season Grasses for the Purpose of Improving Grassland Habitat for Breeding Birds, Camillus Forest Unique Area will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves applying herbicides to 80 acres of abandoned field located on the Camillus Forest Unique Area. The acreage was last managed as crop land in 1971 and has since only been mowed periodically. This lack of annual mowing or production of crops has caused weeds and brush to encroach into the fields. Herbicide application is the only practical means of control to eradicate cool season grasses and woody vegetation prior to introducing warm season grasses. The purpose of the conversion of cool season grasses to warm season grasses is to improve the grassland habitat needed for breeding birds species of special concern such as the Meadowlark and Bobolink. It is anticipated that the herbicides (Duramax, Crossbow and 2,4-D or their chemical equivalent) will need to be applied in two separate applications. The first application will be applied beginning August 1, 2008 and the second application, if necessary will be applied in the spring of 2009.

The application method used will be by ground broadcast equipment mounted or pulled by either a tractor or truck. The herbicides will be applied according to label instructions. The herbicide applicator is a licensed applicator. Time and application rate will be determined by the applicator.

The project is located in Camillus Forest Unique Area, Town of Camillus, New York: Stands B & H.

Contact: Daniel Sawchuck, NYS DEC-Region 7 Salmon River Fish Hatchery, 2133 County Route 22, Altmar, NY 13302, Phone: (315) 298-7467.


Onondaga County - The Town Board of the Town of Skaneateles, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Limeledge (Skaneateles) Water District will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the agreement between the Town of Skaneateles and Onondaga County Water Authority (OCWA) to an alternate pumping scenario which meets the original intent and function of the Project, yet constitutes a modificaiton to the Project. The proposed modification requires upgrades to the existing North Street pumping station in the Village of Marcellus; rehabilitation of the existing Village owned Highland tank in the Town of Marcellus; installation of a new 8 inch water main along Reed Parkway in the Village of Marcellus to facilitate better flow to the refurbished Village tank; installation of a new 8 inch water main along Main Street between North Street and South Street in the Village of Marcellus to facilitate better flow to the south side of the Village; reduction in capacity required for the proposed Town water district tank to be constructed in the Town of Skaneateles as supplemented by the Village tank; redesign of proposed joint pumping station - Limeledge/Southern Onondaga Area (3 Town) water districts in the Town of Marcellus (i.e. removal of Limeledge pumps/piping and reduction of building size); elimination of Nine Mile Creek crossing, Lee Mulroy Highway crossing and a portion of proposed pipe along Lawrence Road in the Town of Marcellus; reduction of proposed 12 inch water mains to 8 inch water mains in the Town of Marcellus along Lawrence Road, New Seneca Turnpike, Gypsy Road, Old Seneca Turnpike and Northwest Townline Road; installation of a new pump station and main near the existing Highland tank in the Village of Marcellus for transmission of water to the Limeledge Water Districts and Town water storage tank; and relocation of main line pressure reducing valves.

The project is located in the Town of Marcellus, Town of Skaneateles and Village of Marcellus, New York.

Contact: Phil Tierney, Town of Skaneateles, 24 Jordan Street, Skaneateles, NY 13152, Phone: (315) 685-3473.


Tioga County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Richford - T Hayes Mine will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the operation of a 20 acre surface unconsolidated sand and gravel mine on 64 acres with reclamation for agricultural practices. Large stone screening will occur on-site with a crusher operation on-site once a year for two weeks. The project is located on the north side of State Route 79, approximately ¼ mile west of Glezen Road in the Town of Richford, New York.

Contact: Teresa Phelps, NYS DEC - Region 7 Cortland Sub-Office and Maintenance Center, 1285 Fisher Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045-1090, Phone: (607) 753-3095 ext. 294.





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