Public Notice

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Environmental Assessment and Comment Period, Stagecoach Gas Storage and Expansion Projects, Towns of Owego and Nichols, Tioga County

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) on the underground natural gas storage project proposed by Central New York Oil and Gas Company, LLC (CNYOG) in the Towns of Owego and Nichols in Tioga County. The proposed project, known as the Stagecoach Storage Project, has been assigned FERC docket numbers CP00-61-000, CP00-62-000 and CP00-63-000. The EA was prepared to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). FERC staff has concluded that approval of the proposed project, with appropriate mitigating measures, would not constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. Comments on the EA must be received by the FERC in Washington, DC on or before October 16, 2000.

The Federal NEPA process supplies the environmental review procedure for these applications. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has filed with FERC as an intervenor to participate in the federal process, and will be providing comments to FERC in the Federal EA process to help ensure that environmental impacts are appropriately addressed. Members of the public may participate in the federal review, according to the procedures described following the list of required Department permits. Additionally, DEC will ensure compliance with New York State (NYS) environmental laws through the state permit process, and interested members of the public are encouraged to participate in the NYS process, as well. The EA and permit application documents are available for review at the DEC's Division of Mineral Resources office at 50 Wolf Road in Albany and at the DEC Region 7 Division of Environmental Permits office in Cortland.