Region 9 SEQR and Other Notices Region 9 SPDES Renewals

ENB Region 9 Completed Applications 07/27/2005

Cattaraugus County

Applicant: Dominion Transmission Inc
445 West Main St
Clarksburg, WV 26302 -2450
Facility: Quinlan Compressor Station
554 Hostageh Rd
Olean, NY 14760
Application ID: 9-0466-00050/00001
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 19 Air State Facility
Article 23 Title 13 Underground Storage of Gas
Project is Located: Olean, Cattaraugus County
Project Description:
Dominion Transmission, Inc.(Dominion) proposes to develop the Quinlan Reef Storage Project, an underground natural gas storage project at the Quinlan Reef Storage Field, an existing natural gas producing field located in Cattaraugus County, New York.   All of the Quinlan Reef Storage Project wells and the compressor station are proposed to be located in New York but the limits of the storage field buffer area extends into McKean County, Pennsylvania.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the lead Federal agency responsible for evaluating applications filed for authority to construct and operate interstate natural gas facilities under Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act. An Environmental Assessment was prepared by the FERC to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. Public meetings were held to obtain comments on the proposed action and comments were solicited through public notice. The Environmental Assessment concludes that construction of the Northeast Storage Project, of which the Quinlan Reef Storage Project is the only part located in New York State, with appropriate mitigation measures, would not constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the environment. FERC reviewed the project under Docket No. CP04-365-000. The Environmental Assessment, published on March 25, 2005, as well as the application and other supplemental filings in this docket, are available for viewing on the FERC web site at http://ferris.ferc.gov/idmws/search/fercgensearch.asp. FERC issued an order issuing a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessityon June 16, 2005, for this project which adopted the conclusion of the Environmental Assessment.

Dominion proposes to construct and operate:
  • Four new storage injection/withdrawal wells;
  • A 4,740-hp compressor station (Quinlan Compressor Station) with gas cleaning and dehydration equipment, regulating facilities, pig launchers and receivers, miscellaneous valves and regulators, and control equipment;
  • The storage field construction includes .11 miles of 8-inch diameter gathering pipeline and approximately 1.5 miles of 16- and 20-inch diameter pipeline;
  • Dominion states that the Quinlan Reef Storage Field Project will have a total capacity of 7.9 Billion cubic feet (“Bcf”), with working gas of 4.0 Bcf and 3.9 Bcf of base or cushion gas.  The Quinlan Reef Storage Field Project will be capable of supporting natural gas withdrawals of up to 200 million cubic feet per day ("MMCFD") and injections of up to 100 MMCFD.  Dominion claims the project is needed to meet natural gas storage requirements in the eastern United States.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) has jurisdiction under Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) Article 23 for the underground storage of the natural gas and an Underground Storage Permit is required.  The Department also has jurisdiction under ECL Article 19, Air Pollution Control, for an Air State Facility Permit for emissions from the project’s Quinlan Compressor Station.


The Quinlan Compressor Station is the physical compressor plant that enables the producing natural gas field to be converted, with respect to required injection pressure, to a natural gas storage field. The Quinlan Reef Storage Project is the combination of the station and the storage field.  Natural gas storage will be accomplished by operating the station in two phases - an injection phase which is the process that compresses the gas and then  injects it into the storage field, and a withdrawal phase which is a process that conditions the stored fuel and then reintroduces it into the interstate natural gas transmission line. The storage field (reservoir and buffer) is located in both Cattaraugus County, New York and McKean County, Pennsylvania and will be known as the Quinlan Reef Storage Field. The field will have a total capacity of 7.9 Billion cubic feet (Bcf), with working gas of 4.0 Bcf and 3.9 Bcf of base or cushion gas.  The injection phase occurs during periods of low gas demand primarily during the late spring, summer and early fall, while the withdrawal phase occurs primarily during the winter heating season. During the withdrawal phase, the gas is taken from the storage field, compressed, heated if necessary, cleaned of impurities acquired during storage and distributed to various customers in the Northeast via the interstate transmission line. The station will be capable of distributing the natural gas up to 200 million cubic feet per day (MMCFD).

The station includes two 2370 bhp Caterpillar compressors, both possessing catalytic oxidizers,  a 814 bhp auxiliary generator, one 15.4 million Btu/hr heater . All of its other heaters are rated under ten million Btu/hr - all firing natural gas.  In the process of transmission and storage, natural gas absorbs water.  Water must be removed prior to final transmission from the site.  However, during the removal of water vapor from the gas stream, volatile organic compounds (VOC's) are also removed. The removal of volatiles is performed by a first stage separation process and then by a second stage dry desiccant dehydration system.  At the first stage, the liquid is collected in a separation tank . The dehydration system purges adsorbed volatiles in a continuous loop. The two towers of the dehydration system alternate as absorption and regeneration units.  In the regeneration cycle, heat is used to regenerate the desiccant and the liquids are separated from this media then collected in a regeneration tank. The separation tank and the regeneration tank have their own flares which are each designed to destroy 95 % of the VOC's. The facility also has four 15000 gallon volatile liquid storage tanks. The one 15.4 million Btu/hr heater is used in the withdrawal phase of the operation to heat the outgoing gas as needed. There is also a 7.5  million Btu/hr heater for the regeneration unit.

For both the emissions of VOC's and carbon monoxide (CO), the facility's unrestricted Potential to Emit (PTE) exceeds major source thresholds.   In order to avoid Title V permitting, the following emission units are given the following federally enforceable permit conditions:  Emission Unit 4-DEHYD - the emission of VOCs from the dehydration unit will be limited it to 25.82 tons per year (tpy) of VOCs. This will be accomplished by limiting  the emission of VOCs from the dehydration unit to 8.85 lb per hr and limiting its operational time to 5836 hours per year. The VOC emission limit will require the continuous use of the two flares during the ventilation cycle on the separation and regeneration tanks.  By limiting VOC emissions from the dehydration unit, facility emissions of VOCs will be cappped at 45 tpy even when every other source is operated at their maximum (Potential to Emit).  Emission Unit 1-ICENG - a permit condition requiring the continuous use of the two catalytic oxidizers on the internal combustion compressors is being included.   The oxidizers will have an efficiency of  not less than 90 %.   Emission Unit - 2-AUXON - Dominion requested and is being granted a 1000 hour per year operational limit on its 814 bhp auxiliary generator.  The latter two permit conditions will cap facility emissions of CO to 90 tpy even when every other source is operated at its maximum (Potential to Emit).  Therefore, with these limitations the project will be subject to neither the permitting requirements of Title V,  nor  the preconstruction permits for New Source Review under Part 231-2.  Stack tests and monitoring procedures that monitor for initial and continuous compliance will be included in the permit conditions.

The 15.4 million Btu/hr heater will burn natural gas only and is subject to 40CFR Part 60 Subpart Dc. All other combustion sources are rated for under 10 million Btu/hr and, therefore, are exempt from permitting as per 6NYCRR Part 201.3.2(c)(1). 40CFR Part 60 Subpart Kb, the federal rule that applies to volatile storage vessels, does not apply to the facility's four vessels because, according to the rule, an affected facility must be a vessel equal to or greater than 75 cubic meters or 19,815 gallons.  The four vessels are only 15,000 gallons each. Additionally, the dehydrator system (Emission Unit 4-DEHYD)  is a desiccant dehydrator and not a glycol dehydrator. Therefore, Subpart HHH - NESHAPS for NG Transmission and Storage Facilities does not apply.  According to 63.1270(a)(4)(c) "The owner or operator of a facility that does not contain an affected source (a glycol dehydration unit)... is not subject to the requirements of this subpart."

This source is also regulated under 6 NYCRR Part 212 for process emissions.  Process emissions from this new source were evaluated using department guidance DAR - 1 ( formerly Air Guide -1).  The emissions impact screening and modeling show the source emissions to be within DAR -1 ambient concentration guidance values.  

In addition, this projects potential emissions of PM 2.5 were reviewed according to the protocol outlined in the Commissioner's Policy CP-33.  Since this project's PM-10 potential-to-emit will not equal or exceed 15 tpy,  the project's PM 2.5 impacts are determined to be insignificant and no further assessment is necessary.

The Department has prepared a Draft Permit and has made a tentative determination to approve this application for an Air State Facility Permit.  The Draft Air State Facility Permit and associated permit application is available for public review at the Department's Allegany address at the end of this notice.

The Department has also prepared a Draft Underground Stoage Permit and has made a tentative determination to approve the application.  The Draft Underground Storage Permit and associated permit application is available for public review at the Department's Albany Office:  

Mr. John K. Dahl, Director; Bureau of Oil & Gas Regulation; NYS Department of Environmental Conservation; Division of Mineral Resources; 625 Broadway, 3rd Floor; Albany, NY 12233-6500.


State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:
Project is not subject to SEQR because it is a Type II action.
SEQR Lead Agency:
None Designated
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:
The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The permit type is exempt or the activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation regulations.
Coastal Management:
This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment:
Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Aug 26 2005.
Contact: Kenneth C Taft
NYSDEC Region 9 Allegany SUB-OFFICE
182 East Union - Suite 3
Allegany, NY 14706
(716)372-6242
r9dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Applicant: Town of Perrysburg
10460 Peck Rd
Perrysburg, NY 14129
Facility: Perrysburg Prospect Street Water Dist
Prospect St
Gowanda, NY 14070
Application ID: 9-0470-00027/00001
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 15 Title 15 Water Supply
Project is Located: Perrysburg, Cattaraugus County
Project Description:
The applicant proposes to take up to 46,350 gallons of water per day (maximum daily demand) for the newly created Prospect Street Water District, to service approximately 47 households and the Gowanda Jr./Sr. High School.  Water is to be taken from the Village of Gowanda through a bulk water sales agreement.  The project will involve the installation of approximately 3,100 linear feet of 8 inch watermain, and will loop this line with an existing 6 inch line currently utilized by the Gowanda Jr./Sr. High School, which currently maintains their own line from the Village of Gowanda.  
State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:
Project is a Type I action and will not have a significant effect on the environment. A coordinated review with other agencies was performed and a Negative Declaration is on file.
SEQR Lead Agency:
Perrysburg Town Board
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:
A cultural resources survey has been completed. Based on information provided in the survey report, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has determined that the proposed activity will have no impact on registered or eligible archaeological sites or historic structures. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.
Coastal Management:
This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment:
Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Aug 15 2005.
Contact: Charles D Cranston
NYSDEC Region 9 Headquarters
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716)851-7165
r9dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Chautauqua County

Applicant: Robert E Gray
Facility: Gray Property
Rt 62|
Frewsburg, NY 14738
Application ID: 9-0624-00066/00001
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands
Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification
Project is Located: Carroll, Chautauqua County
Project Description:
The applicant proposes an 8 acre wetland restoration and enhancement project to improve wildlife habitat within State regulated freshwater wetland #JA-6 and a 64.74 acre United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service Wetland Reserve Program easement site.   The project involves enhancing the wetland by constructing low embankments and excavating a complex of approximately 11 potholes with connecting level ditches to create open-water areas for waterfowl habitat.  Removed topsoil will be temporarily stockpiled and used as a seed base for disturbed areas within the wetland.  Spoil material will be placed in the regulated 100-foot  wide adjacent area of the wetland and/or in upland areas and graded and seeded.  The project site is located approximately 1,000 feet northwest of the intersection of NYS Rt. 62 and Wigren Road in the Hamlet of Frewsburg.
State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:
Project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was not performed.
SEQR Lead Agency:
None Designated
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:
A Structural-Archaeological Assessment Form has been completed. The proposed activity will not impact on registered, eligible or inventoried archaeological sites or historic structures.
Coastal Management:
This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment:
Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Aug 12 2005.
Contact: Mary E Hohmann
NYSDEC Region 9 Allegany SUB-OFFICE
182 East Union - Suite 3
Allegany, NY 14706
(716)372-6242
r9dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Erie County

Applicant: Erie Co Soil & Water Conservation Dist
50 Commerce Way
East Aurora, NY 14052
Facility: Donnelly Property
11878 Big Tree Rd
East Aurora, NY 14052
Application ID: 9-1466-00048/00001
Permit(s) Applied for: Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification
Article 15 Title 5 Stream Disturbance
Project is Located: Wales, Erie County
Project Description:
The applicant proposes to stabilize approximately 400 linear feet of severely eroding bank along the Buffalo Creek using longitudinal peak stone toe, rock riprap with willow wattles installed at the top of rock and willow or dogwood plantings along the bank above the rock.  Site preparation includes removal of toppled trees, excavation of approximately 300 cubic yards of material from a gravel bar and bank grading to achieve the desired slopes for the placement of rock riprap.   The project site is located north of Big Tree Road (Route 20A), between Two Rod and Four Rod Roads, in the Town of Wales.    
State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:
Project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was not performed.
SEQR Lead Agency:
None Designated
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:
A cultural resources survey has been completed. The report of the survey is on file. No archaeological sites or historic structures were identified at the project location. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.
Coastal Management:
This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment:
Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Aug 12 2005.
Contact: Charles D Cranston
NYSDEC Region 9 Headquarters
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716)851-7165
r9dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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