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ENB - Region 7 Notices 9/18/2013

Public Meeting Notice

Upper Salmon River Draft Unit Management Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery, located at 2133 County Route 22, Altmar, NY, on the Draft Upper Salmon River Unit Management Plan (UMP). Comments will be accepted until November 2, 2013. The public is invited to attend the meeting to express their ideas and opinions about the management objectives outlined in the draft plan. The public meeting will begin with an open house format at 6:30 p.m., which provides time for the public to informally discuss the draft plan with NYS DEC forest management staff. Beginning at 7:05 p.m., NYS DEC staff will present highlights of the draft plan followed by a public comment session from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Those unable to attend the meeting may submit comments to the contact person listed above, by mail at the Fish Hatchery address listed below or by e-mail to: djsawchu@dec.state.ny.us

A copy of the Draft Upper Salmon River UMP is posted on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/92808.html. The plan is also available for public review at the following locations:

  • NYS DEC - Region 7 Headquarters, 615 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse , NY
  • NYS DEC - Region 7 Cortland Sub-Office, 1285 Fisher Avenue, Cortland , NY
  • NYS DEC Salmon River Fish Hatchery, County Route 22, Altmar, NY
  • Pulaski Public Library, State Route 11, Pulaski, NY
  • Redfield Town Hall, 4830 County Route 17, Redfield, NY
  • Orwell Library, 1999 County Route 2, Orwell, NY

Digital copies are available on compact discs from the Cortland office and may be requested by calling (607) 753-3095 extension 217.

Comments on the draft plan will be accepted until November 2, 2013.

The Upper Salmon River Unit, located in New York State's Tug Hill Region, is comprised of Salmon River State Forest (2,033 acres), O'Hara State Forest (1,064 acres), Hall Island State Forest (2,079 acres), Battle Hill State Forest (1,738 acres) and West Osceola State Forest (1,900 acres) as well as, Salmon River Open Space Conservation Easement lands on Huckleberry and Burdick Islands within the Salmon River Reservoir (150 acres) and Jackson Road Boat Launch (36 acres). The Unit also includes a portion of the planned acquisition from The National Grid Company totaling approximately 735 acres adjacent to the Salmon River Reservoir. Covering about 15 square miles, these forests are located in Oswego, Oneida and Lewis counties in the Towns of Orwell, Redfield, Osceola and Florence, New York.

This draft unit management plan has been developed to address management activities on these forests and easement areas. State Forests are managed for watershed protection, the production of timber and other forest products, recreation, and kindred purposes. The proposed UMP will help maintain healthy, sustainable, and biologically diverse ecosystems for fish and wildlife, while providing continued opportunities for forest product sales, recreational use, environmental education and research.

The State lands covered by the proposed plan currently offer many recreational opportunities including hiking, camping, picnicking, nature observation, boating, fishing, hunting, trapping, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and all terrain vehicle (ATV) access for people with mobility impairments. The following are some of the new or major changes to existing recreational facilities and resource management activities that are proposed in the plan:

  • Improving Redfield Island Day Use Area which includes developing a small parking area, improving the picnic facilities, stabilizing the shoreline bank and developing an ADA compliant platform to access boats.
  • Establishing a land management buffer on State lands within 300 feet of the Salmon River Reservoir shoreline and implementing special regulations for this area.
  • Designating 20 campsites within the 300 foot visual protection buffer along the Salmon River Reservoir shoreline.
  • Installing informational kiosks at access points along the Salmon River Reservoir as well as at two other State forests on the Unit.
  • Designating one mile of existing access road for use by individuals with Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD) permits.
  • Improving the habitat for American woodcock (Scolopax minor).
  • Increasing early successional habitats on approximately 312 acres over the next 20 years.

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

Public Notice

Notice of Intent to Issue a Spacing Order for a Spacing Unit Which Does Not Conform to Statewide Spacing in New York

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hereby gives notice, pursuant to subdivisions 23 0503(3) and 23-0503(5) of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), of its intent to issue a spacing order which establishes a spacing unit for the Buffa 2-439 31-017-23890-00-03 well located in the Town of Plymouth, Chenango County, New York and owned by EmKey Resources, LLC, with a Proposed Unit Size of 74.05 acres. The date of the spacing Unit Map is 6/4/2013 The proposed spacing unit for this well does not conform to the "statewide spacing" provisions of ECL §23 0501(B)(1). However, following a review of information supplied by the well operator, the Department has determined that this spacing unit satisfied the policy objectives of ECL §23 0301.

In accordance with NYS DEC's Program Policy DMN-1, NYS DEC has directed the well operator listed below to provide notice of the proposed spacing unit by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the vicinity of the unit and by direct mailing to each owner within the unit and the surface owner of the tract where the well is located. The well operator will provide proof of such mailing in the form of copies of the certified mail return receipts or affidavits of service. A 30 day comment period, as provided by ECL §23 0503(5), commences upon an owner's receipt of the notice, which must be documented to NYS DEC. If NYS DEC determines that substantive and significant issues are raised in a timely manner during the comment period, then an adjudicatory hearing must be scheduled.

Written comments on the proposed spacing unit should be submitted to: Peter S. Briggs, NYS DEC - Division of Mineral Resources, Bureau of Oil and Gas Permitting and Management, 625 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Albany, NY 12233-6500, Phone: (518) 402-8056. Any challenge to the proposed spacing unit must meet the substantive and significant requirement for establishing an issue for adjudication and must contain: (i) a description and a map of the proposed alternative spacing unit; (ii) a technical justification of the proposed alternative spacing unit, which shall include a description and analysis of the scientific data intended by the owner to support its proposed spacing unit configuration; and (iii) the name, address and experience of any expert witness proposed to support the proposed alternative spacing unit configuration.

The map of the listed spacing unit is available for inspection by appointment during normal business hours from: Joy Brewer, NYS DEC - Region 8 Sub-Office, Division of Mineral Resources, 100 North Main Street, Elmira, New York 14901, Phone: (607) 732-2214 or Lucas Mahoney, NYS DEC - Region 7 Headquarters, 615 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse, NY 13204, Phone: (315) 426-7484. Interested parties may also request the map from NYS DEC - Division of Mineral Resources' Albany office by email, at: oilgas@dec.ny.gov.

The spacing order will not be issued until one of the following occurs: (1) NYS DEC determines that no substantive and significant issues have been raised, or (2) an adjudicatory hearing has been held to address any substantive and significant issues. After spacing order issuance, a spacing unit wherein the acreage is not 100% controlled by the well operator will be scheduled for an integration hearing pursuant to ECL §23-0901(3).

Contact: Peter S. Briggs, NYS DEC - Division of Mineral Resources, Bureau of Oil and Gas Permitting and Management, 625 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Albany, NY 12233-6500, Phone: (518) 402-8056.

Conditioned Negative Declaration

Cayuga County - The City of Auburn City Council, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Cayuga Community College - Center for Performing Arts and Education will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice.

The action involves the construction of a 12,400 square foot, multi-story, (5,650 square foot foot print), 305 seat performance theater with areas for education, performance space, support space and amenities (bathrooms, concessions, etc.).

The City of Auburn issued a Negative Declaration for the project in February 2011. The Negative Declaration indicated that the project would be subject to site plan review by the City of Auburn Planning Board, prior to the issuance of a Building Permit by the City of Auburn. This Negative Declaration was subject to subsequent litigation and annulled by the Appellate Division's Decision dated, June 8, 2012. Pursuant to Judge Polito's Decision and Order dated May 9, 2013, the City of Auburn City Council remains the Lead Agency with regard to the Project. Pursuant to Judge Polito's Decision, the Project is subject to site plan review by the City of Auburn Planning Board as well as a review for fire code compliance.

The project is located at 1 -7 State Street in the City of Auburn, New York.

The conditions are:

1. The College shall install a vapor barrier in the building in conjunction with a sub slab depressurization system. The system to be installed is set forth in the construction drawings entitled Foundation Details (Sheet S-300), Foundation Plan, (Sheet P-101) and a Vapor Mitigation System Detail (Sheet P-503.1).

2. The College shall confirm the proper operation of the sub-slab depressurization system through the collection of representative air samples using canisters, with a minimum of four samples to determine air quality conditions. The samples shall be analyzed for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) using method TO-15. If warranted, further sampling or corrective measures must be implemented by the College to ensure the sub-slab depressurization system is operating properly and in accordance with the New York State Department of Health Guidelines.

Contact: Douglas A. Selby, City of Auburn, Memorial City Hall, 24 South Street, Auburn, NY 13021, Phone: (315) 255-4146, E-mail: dselby@auburnny.gov.

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