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Notice of Public Comment Period

Proposed Well Spacing Variance and Integration of Interests

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND LOCATION: TRIANA ENERGY, INC. ("Triana" or "Applicant") has applied for a well permit and variance to the well spacing requirements set forth in Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York ("6 NYCRR") Section 553.1(a) to drill a Trenton/Black River natural gas well on acreage to be designated as the Short Spacing Unit in the Town of Marcellus, Onondaga County, New York. The Applicant proposes to drill, complete and test the well, but needs a variance from the well spacing provisions set forth under 6 NYCRR §553.1(a).

The Department of Environmental Conservation ("Department") and Triana have agreed to a Stipulation which resolves issues pertaining to the application for a well spacing variance, the establishment of procedures for approval of a Spacing Unit, and compulsory integration of unleased interests. This Stipulation is binding on the Applicant. In view of the executed Stipulation, the Department supports the granting of the requested variance and issuance of a well drilling permit.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: All persons, organizations, corporations or government agencies which may be affected by the proposed Project are invited to submit written comments on the Applicant’s proposal. The public comment period will remain open until SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2002. Written comments should be submitted to: JOHN K. DAHL, DIRECTOR, BUREAU OF OIL AND GAS REGULATION, DIVISION OF MINERAL RESOURCES, 3rd FLOOR, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION, 625 BROADWAY, ALBANY, NEW YORK 12233-6500 (telephone 518-402-8056; fax 518-402-8060).

If no substantive and significant issues are identified regarding the proposed Project at the end of the comment period, the Department will issue a permit to drill the well at the proposed location. The permit will include testing and production conditions as set forth in the Stipulation, and procedures for spacing and compulsory integration described in the Stipulation will be implemented if necessary.

Issuance of the permit to drill at the proposed location will protect correlative rights of all interest owners, prevent waste, and provide for greater recovery of the natural gas resource in accordance with the policy provisions of ECL §23-0301.

DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY: All filed documents (including the permit application, the variance request and the executed Stipulation) are available for inspection during normal business hours at the Department’s Division of Mineral Resources, 625 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Albany, New York 12233-6500 (518-402-8056), Contact: Thomas E. Noll; at the Department’s Region 8 Headquarters, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon, New York 14414-9519 (585-226-2466), Contact: Randall Nemecek; at the Department’s Region 7 Headquarters, 615 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse, New York 13204-2400 (315-426-7484) , Contact: Joseph Moskiewicz, Jr.; and at the Town of Marcellus, 2320 Wilson Drive, P.O. Box 178, Marcellus, New York 13108 (315-673-3382), Contact: Frank T. Wilson.

STATUTORY AND REGULATORY PROVISIONS: The application was filed and is being processed pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law ("ECL") Article 3, Title 3 (Department of Environmental Conservation, General Functions, Powers, Duties and Jurisdiction); Article 8 (Environmental Quality Review); Article 23 (Mineral Resources); and Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York ("6 NYCRR") Part 550 et seq. (Mineral Resources); Part 617 (State Environmental Quality Review).

Negative Declaration

Broome County - The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed State University of New York at Binghamton University, New Residential Community and Collegiate Center will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The proposed action consists of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) authorization of the expenditure of approximately $31,000,000 of tax-exempt bond proceeds from DASNY’s State University Dormitory Facilities Program to construct Phase I of the 3-phase proposed project, the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton University New Residential Community and Collegiate Center. The New Residential Community and Collegiate Center involves the phased construction of up to four residence halls (two 5-story, 304-bed, 94,441-gsf buildings in Phase I and two 4-story, 234-bed, 75,790-gsf buildings in Phase III); a 70,543-gsf Collegiate Center (Phase II); site work (utilities, parking lots, sidewalks, athletic fields, and landscaping), all amenities associated with the buildings; and reconstruction of an on-campus storm water detention pond known as Lake Lieberman. The four dormitories will add approximately 1,076 beds to the on-campus housing stock, increasing the total number of residence hall beds from 5,440 to 6,048 at the conclusion of Phase I and then to 6,516 at the conclusion of Phase III, respectively. Total on-campus parking will increase to 5,460 spaces upon completion of Phase I and 5,698 spaces by the completion of Phase III. The New Residential Community and Collegiate Center development parcel will occupy an approximately 18.0-acre site within the 809-acre Binghamton University campus, which is located off New York Route 434 (a.k.a. Vestal Parkway) in the Town of Vestal, Broome County, New York.

Contact: Jack D. Homkow, Office of Environmental Affairs, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, One Penn Plaza, 52nd Floor, New York, New York 10119-0098, phone: (212) 273-5033, fax: (212) 273-5121.


Cayuga County - The Town of Owasco, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Sewer District No. 1; High Flow Pumping Station and Equalization Tank will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the installation of a new above-ground duplex High Flow Pumping Station, flow diversion and metering structures, 400,000 Gallon Equalization Tank and approximately 2,400 LF of 10-inch PVC force main, 725 LF of 12-inch force main, and 255 LF of 12-inch welded steel force main. The project is located on NYS Route 38A in the Town of Owasco.

Contact: Michael J. O’Leary, 2 Bristol Ave, Auburn, NY 13021, phone: (315) 253-9021, fax: (315) 253-2683.


Tompkins County - The Town of Ithaca Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed College Circle Apartments will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves site plan approval for the proposed modifications in the approved site plan development at College Circle Apartments. The proposed development includes the construction of 60 apartments in nine buildings that were previously approved by the Town in 1988, with some proposed modifications to the parking, building layout and circulation. The proposal also includes a community center building, a connector road to the Ithaca College campus, Ithaca College campus integration infrastructure, and a request to increase the occupancy from 600 persons to 750 persons in both the existing apartments and the proposed ones. Ithaca College will enter into a long-term agreement with Integrated Acquisition and Development to operate and maintain the College Circle Apartments as campus student housing. The project is located at 1033 Danby Road, Town of Ithaca.

Contact: Jonathan Kanter, 215 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, phone: (607) 273-1747, fax: (607) 273-1704, e-mail: jkanter@town.ithaca.ny.us


Tompkins County - The Town of Ithaca Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed rezoning of +/- 15.266 acres from Residential R-15 to Multiple Residence MR will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. This action involves consideration of subdivision and site plan approval by the Planning Board, and rezoning of +/- 15.266 acres from Residential R-15 to Multiple Residence MR by the Town Board, for the proposed Linderman Creek Apartments Phase II and III development located on Conifer Drive (a private drive), just off Mecklenburg Road, Town of Ithaca Tax Parcel No’s. 27-1-13.12 and 27-1-13.16. The proposal includes 96 apartment units (72 units to be built initially in Phase II, 24 units to be constructed in Phase III) in twelve buildings on 15 +/- acres. The proposal also includes a community building, access drives, parking, sidewalks, landscaping, and a recreation area including a pavilion and play structures. A bus stop and bus turnaround area is proposed for the northern end of Conifer Drive. The proposed development would consist of affordable housing units with 36 of the units being handicapped accessible or handicapped adaptable. The applicant is also requesting to subdivide Tax Parcel No. 27-1-13.12 into three lots and Tax Parcel No. 27-1-13.16 into additional lots for ownership purposes. Approximately 57 acres will remain undeveloped initially, but will be retained by Confer Realty for possible future residential expansion. The project is located on Mecklenburg Road in the Town of Ithaca, approximately 1,000 feet west of the Town/City of Ithaca municipal boundary.

Contact: Jonathan Kanter, 215 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, phone: (607) 273-1747, fax: (607) 273-1704, e-mail: jkanter@town.ithaca.ny.us

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Onondaga County - The Town of Manlius Planning Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Nice-N-Easy Convenience Store/Austin Meadows. The action consists of an eight-acre, light commercial campus on the corner of Route 92 and Enders Road, a moderate density residential townhouse development on 40 acres, and a two-acre park land donation along Limestone Creek. The project is located in the southeast corner of the intersection of Route 92 and Enders Road, Town of Manlius.

Contact: Al Hanzalik, Town of Manlius, 301 Brooklea Drive, Fayetteville, New York 13066.


Tioga County - The Tioga County IDA, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Nichols Distribution Center and Site Development. The proposed action includes the development of an approximately 151-acre site for the purpose of constructing a 1.6 million square foot warehouse and regional distribution center to be completed by Best Buy, Inc. The project includes improvements to local infrastructure by Tioga County to support the development. The project area is located immediately east of Exit 63 of NYS Route 17 and south of Stanton Hill Road in the Town of Nichols.

Contact: LeeAnn Tinney, Tioga CIDA, Owego, NY 13827, phone: (607) 687-8259, fax: (607) 687-1435, e-mail: tinneyl@co.tioga.ny.us