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ENB - Region 7 Notices 12/23/2009

Negative Declaration

Cayuga County - The Brutus Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of Brutus Agricultural Protection Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the adoption of Brutus Agricultural Protection Plan This plan will help current and future decision makers to consider agriculture as a significant component of the Town since Brutus is still considered largely rural with significant crop and dairy production which require significant amounts of farmland. The loss of any land, especially productive agricultural land, has a significant economic impact on agriculture. The economic value generated from Cayuga County farms is significant, totaling $214 million of agricultural products sold in 2007. This was an increase of 67% from 2002. From 1990 to 2000, the population of Cayuga County remained steady with a small decrease of 352 people but the number of housing units increased by 2,624 from 1990 to 2007. This trend, a decreasing population with an increase in housing units, occurred across upstate New York and is a classic indicator of a declining but sprawling population. This sprawl contributes to conversion pressure on agricultural lands. This plan suggests ways to better control sprawl and protect agriculture. The project is located throughout the Town of Brutus, New York.

Contact: David Miller, Town of Brutus, 9021 North Seneca Street, Weedsport, NY 13166, Phone: (315) 834-9398, E-mail: townofbrutus@verizon.net.


Chenango County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Drilling Permit Application for Norse Energy Corporation Proposed Shaw, J. 1H Natural Gas Well will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the drilling of a natural gas well within Chenango County Agricultural District #01. Drilling operations will be conducted in accordance with the drilling permit issued and rules and regulations of the NYS DEC. The total area proposed to be disturbed during the initial construction phase for the well site and access road is 120,000 square feet or approximately 2.75 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 28,200 square feet or approximately 0.65 acres and the remaining disturbed areas reclaimed. If the well is plugged and abandoned, the site will be reclaimed. The project is located approximately 6,500 feet south of County Route 3 and 1,100 feet east of South Tyner Road in the Town of Oxford, New York.

Contact: Linda Collart, NYS DEC - Region 8 Office, 6274 East Avon Lima Road, Avon, NY 14414, Phone: (585) 226-5376.



Chenango County - The Village of New Berlin, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 2 North Main Street Downtown Revitalization Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the demolition of an unsafe building in the historic district. The project is located at 2 to 10 North Main Street in the Village of New Berlin, New York.

Contact: Diann Davisson, Village of New Berlin, 20 South Main Street, New Berlin, NY 13411, Phone: (607) 847-6389.



Madison County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Drilling Permit Application for Norse Energy Corporation. Proposed Vaneck 1H Natural Gas Well will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the drilling of a natural gas well within Madison County Agricultural District #10. Drilling operations will be conducted in accordance with the drilling permit issued and rules and regulations of the NYS DEC. The total area proposed to be disturbed during the initial construction phase for the well site and access road is 123,000 square feet or approximately 2.82 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 39,000 square feet or approximately 0.9 acres and the remaining disturbed areas reclaimed. If the well is plugged and abandoned, the site will be reclaimed. The project is located approximately 2,200 feet south of Bartlett Road and 1,800 feet west of Lebanon Reservoir Road in the Town of Lebanon, New York.

Contact: Linda Collart, NYS DEC - Region 8 Office, 6274 East Avon Lima Road, Avon, NY 14414, Phone: (585) 226-5376.


Madison County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Drilling Permit Application for Norse Energy Corporation Proposed Collins, C. 12H Natural Gas Well will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the drilling of a natural gas well within Madison County Agricultural District #10. Drilling operations will be conducted in accordance with the drilling permit issued and rules and regulations of the NYS DEC. The total area proposed to be disturbed during the initial construction phase for the well site and access road is 110,000 square feet or approximately 2.52 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 4,200 square feet or approximately 0.1 acres and the remaining disturbed areas reclaimed. If the well is plugged and abandoned, the site will be reclaimed. The project is located approximately 1,400 feet south of Soule Road and 450 feet west of Bradley Brook Road in the Town of Lebanon, New York.

Contact: Linda Collart, NYS DEC - Region 8 Office, 6274 East Avon Lima Road, Avon, NY 14414, Phone: (585) 226-5376.


Cortland, Tioga and Tompkins Counties - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of the Tri-County Uplands Unit Management Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the adoption of the Tri-County Uplands Unit Management Plan (UMP) which sets forth the proposed goals, objectives, management actions, values, environmental benefits, ecological services, environmental impacts and economic costs associated with 3,407 acres of State land. The plan details all proposed management activities for a 10 year period, and outlines potential projects for the next 20 years. A review and update of the UMP will take place at the end of the 10 year planning period. Management activities planned for the Unit include maintenance of recreational trails, State Forest roads, boundary lines, signs, witness posts, pond impoundment(s) (vernal pools), fish stocking and regularly scheduled trash clean-up. Construction activities include a loop trail, two parking lots, water impoundment(s) (vernal pools), oil and/or gas exploration and/or development. The Tri-County Uplands Unit Management Plan was approved and signed by the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation on November 24, 2009. The project is located in the follwoing locations of New York State:

  • Andersen Hill State Forest (Tioga County Reforestation Area #4) 554 acres - located in the Tioga County Town of Richford; accessible by Andersen Hill Road.
  • Potato Hill State Forest (Tompkins County Reforestation Area No.4) 915 acres - located in the Tompkins County Town of Caroline; accessible by Blackman Hill Road and Green Road.
  • Robinson Hollow State Forest (Tioga County Reforestation Area No.3) 1,938 acres - located in the Tioga, Tompkins and Cortland County Towns of Richford, Caroline and Harford, respectively; accessible by Lacey Road and Robinson Hollow Road.

Contact: John Clancy, NYS DEC - Region 7 Cortland Suboffice, 1285 Fisher Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045-1090, Phone: (607) 753-3095, ext 258, E-mail: jmclancy@gw.dec.state.ny.us.



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