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ENB - Statewide Notices 11/12/2008

Public Notice

Second Notice of Availability for Review

Draft Scope for Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program

Well Permit Issuance for Horizontal Drilling and High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing to Develop the Marcellus Shale and Other Low-Permeability Gas Reservoirs

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department or NYS DEC) is responsible for regulating the development and production of oil and gas resources in New York State. Natural gas exploration and production companies, and mineral rights owners, are interested in developing a potentially significant gas resource in the Marcellus Shale through the use of horizontal drilling and a hydraulic fracturing technique known as "slick water fracturing." This technique requires large volumes of water. The Department has identified the action of well permit issuance when high-volume hydraulic fracturing is proposed as one which requires further review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). The first step in that process is issuance of a Draft Scope for public review and comment.

On October 6, 2008 The Department released the Draft Scope for the Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program (draft SGEIS). Along with the Draft Scope, a Notice of Availability for Review was also issued, detailing the locations where the Draft Scope and its supporting materials, the 1992 Findings Statement and a Glossary of Technical Terms, could be reviewed by the public. The purpose of this Second Notice of Availability for Review is to announce additional locations where the public can access and review the Draft Scope and its supporting materials. These additional locations, in addition to the original locations, are listed under "Document Availability," and have been added in an effort to increase the accessibility of the documents in the New York City area.

In addition to the locations identified below, the Draft Scope may be downloaded and reviewed from the Department's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/47554.html.

As detailed below, the Department is accepting written comments on the Draft Scope until December 15, 2008, and will be accepting verbal comments at a series of public scoping meetings which will be held at six venues in the Southern Tier and Catskills, throughout November and December. The meeting schedule was announced in a Notice of Public Scoping, and is posted on the Department's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/46288.html.

The primary goals of the scoping process are to focus the draft SGEIS on any potentially significant adverse impacts of the proposed Marcellus Shale gas well drilling and to eliminate consideration of any impacts that are irrelevant or non-significant. The Draft Scope presently available for review describes the topics related to well permit issuance for high-volume hydraulic fracturing that the Department has identified for review in the SGEIS. After consideration of written and verbal comments from interested parties, the Department will release a Final Scope. A copy of the Final Scope will be posted on the Department's website, provided to document repositories, and provided to all parties who submit written comments.

The Final Scope will serve as the outline and table of contents for the Draft SGEIS, which will also be made available for additional public review and comment. The final SGEIS, to be prepared after consideration of comments received on the draft, will set parameters for SEQRA review in addition to those established by the existing Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program and its Findings. The Department will then issue well permits for gas well development using high-volume hydraulic fracturing in accordance with both the GEIS and the SGEIS.

Comments: Written comments will be accepted by mail or email until the close of business on December 15, 2008. Mail comments to: Attention: Scope Comments, Bureau of Oil & Gas Regulation, NYS DEC Division of Mineral Resources, 625 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Albany, NY 12233-6500. E-mail comments to: dmnog@gw.dec.state.ny.us with "Scope Comments" in the subject line. Include your name and return mail or E-mail address to ensure receipt of a copy of the Final Scope when it is available.

As previously mentioned, verbal comments will be accepted at the six public scoping sessions detailed on the Department's website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/46288.html.

To avoid duplication, and to ensure that the SGEIS serves to complement the GEIS, interested persons are urged to carefully review the GEIS, which may be found online at http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/45912.html, in connection with the preparation of any comments.

Document Availability: In addition to the Department's website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/45912.html, copies of the draft scope, the 1992 Findings Statement, and a Glossary of Technical Terms are available for review at the following locations:

NYS DEC Headquarters
Bureau of Oil & Gas Regulation
Division of Mineral Resources
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-6500
Contact: Kathy Sanford or Carrie Friello
Phone: ( 518) 402-8056

Locations in NYS DEC Region 2, New York City

New York Public Library website: www.nypl.org
This website can be accessed from any computer with internet service and librarians at any branch of the New York Public Library can assist with accessing the document elecronically.

Paper copies of the document will be available at:

New York Public Library
Science, Industry and Business Library
188 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4314

New York Public Library
St. George Library Center
5 Central Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301

New York Public Library
Bronx Library Center
310 East Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, NY 10458

Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza #1
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Queens Borough Public Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11432

Locations in NYS DEC Region 3

NYS DEC Region 3 Headquarters
21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, NY 12561-1696
Contact: Halina Duda
Phone: (845) 256-3000

NYS DEC Region 3, White Plains Sub-Office
100 Hillside Avenue, Suite 1W
White Plains, NY 10603-2860
Contact: Beth Zicca
Phone: (914) 428-2505

Goshen Public Library
203 Main Street
Goshen, NY 10924

Port Jervis Public Library
138 Pike Street
Port Jervis, NY 12771

Kingston Library
55 Franklin Street
Kingston, NY 12401

Ellenville Public Library
40 Center Street
Ellenville, NY 12428-1396

Crawford Public Library
393 Broadway
Monticello, NY 12701

Town of Delaware Free Library
Lower Main Street
Callicoon, NY 12723

Locations in NYS DEC Region 4

NYS DEC Region 4, Stamford Sub-office
65561 State Highway 10, Suite 1
Stamford, NY 12167
Contact: Kent Sanders
Phone: (607) 652-3722

Huntington Memorial Library
Attn: Marie Bruni
62 Chestnut Street
Oneonta, NY 13820

William B. Ogden Free Library
42 Gardner Place
Walton, NY 13856

Windham Public Library
Attn: Candice Begley
P.O. Box 158
Windham, NY 12496

Locations in NYS DEC Region 7

NYS DEC Region 7 Headquarters
615 Erie Boulevard West
Syracuse, NY 13204-2400
Contact: Diane Carlton
Phone: (315) 426-7403

NYS DEC Region 7, Cortland Sub-Office
1285 Fisher Avenue
Cortland, NY 13045-1090
Contact: Jerry Rasmussen
Phone: (607) 753-3095, ext. 298

NYS DEC Region 7, Rogers Education Center
2721 State Highway 80
Sherburne, NY 13460-0594
Contact: Marsha Guzewich
Phone: (607) 674-4017

NYS DEC Region 7, Kirkwood Sub-Office
1679 NY Route 11
Kirkwood NY, 13795
Contact: Donna Baker
Phone: (607) 775-2545

Broome County Public Library
185 Court Street
Binghamton, NY 13901

Local History and Genealogy Department
The Galleries of Syracuse
447 South Salina Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Guernsey Public Library
3 Court Street
Norwich, NY 13815

Morrisville Public Library
87 East Main Street
Morrisville, NY 13408

Cortland Free Library
32 Church Street
Cortland, NY 13045

Tompkins County Public Library
101 East Green Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

Oswego Public Library
34 East Bridge Street
Oswego, NY 13126

Candor Public Library
2 Bank Street, P.O. Box 104
Candor, NY 13743

Seymour Public Library
176-178 Genesee Street
Auburn, NY 13021

Coburn Free Library
275 Main Street
Owego, NY 13827

Cazenovia Public Library
100 Albany Street
Cazenovia, NY 13035

Locations in NYS DEC Region 8

NYS DEC Region 8 Headquarters
6274 East Avon-Lima Road
Avon, NY 14414-9519
Contact: Linda Vera
Phone: (585) 226-5324

NYS DEC Region 8, Bath Sub-Office
7291 Coon Road
Bath, NY 14810
Contact: Phil Faber
Phone: (607) 776-2165

NYS DEC Region 8, Horseheads Sub-Office
276 Sing Sing Road, Suite 1
Horseheads, NY 14845
Contact: Joe Yarosz
Phone: (607) 739-0809

Steele Memorial Library
101 East Church Street
Elmira, NY 14901

Watkins Glen Library
610 South Decatur Street
Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Dormann Library
101 West Morris Street
Bath, NY 14810

Locations in NYS DEC Region 9

NYS DEC Region 9, Allegany Sub-Office
182 East Union Street
Allegany, NY 14706
Contact: Christopher Miller
Phone: (716) 372-0645

Olean Public Library
134 North Second Street
Olean, NY 14760

Erie County Public Library
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203

Lockport Public Library
23 East Avenue
Lockport, NY 14095-0475

Mary E. Seymour Library
22 North Main Street
Stockton, NY 14784

Ellicottville Memorial Library
6499 Maples Road
Ellicottville, NY 14731

Warsaw Public Library
130 N Main Street
Warsaw, NY 14569

Belmont Literary and Historical Society Free Library
2 Willets Avenue
Belmont, NY 14813


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