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Proposed Well Spacing Variance

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND LOCATION: NORNEW, INC. ("Nornew" 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 the Eckman 5-444 (API 31-013-24185-00-00) Medina natural gas well on acreage to be designated as the Eckman Unit in the Town of Carroll, Chautauqua County, New York. The Applicant proposes to drill, complete and produce 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 Nornew have agreed to a Stipulation dated March 7, 2006, regarding the granting of a well spacing variance. This Stipulation is binding on the Applicant and its successors and assigns. In view of the executed Stipulation, the Department supports the granting of the requested variance and issuance of the 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 25, 2006. 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 Eckman 5-444 well at the proposed location subject to site-specific conditions as warranted.

Issuance of the permit to drill 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 the Environmental Conservation Law (“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 9 Headquarters, 182 E. Union Street, Allegany, New York 14706-1328 (716-372-0645), Contact: Christopher Miller; and at the Town of Carroll, 5 West Main Street, Frewsburg, New York 14738 (716-569-5365), Contact: Steven R. Peterson.

STATUTORY AND REGULATORY PROVISIONS: The application was filed and is being processed pursuant to 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 6 NYCRR Part 550 et seq. (Mineral Resources); Part 617 (State Environmental Quality Review).

Negative Declaration

Erie County - The Town of Tonawanda, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Town of Tonawanda Comprehensive Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the Town of Tonawanda Comprehensive Plan Board, with cooperation of the Town Board, has prepared a Comprehensive Plan to guide redevelopment and growth in the Town of Tonawanda.

Contact: Michael Hazen, Town of Tonawanda SEQR Committee, 525 Belmont Avenue, Kenmore, NY 14223, phone: (716) 877-8801, e-mail: mphazen@tonawanda.ny.us.

Positive Declaration

Cattaraugus County - The Planning Board of the Village of Ellicottville, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Holimont Greer Hill Ski Lift Extension may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves an extension of the existing Greere Hill Ski Slope and Lift to the base of the hill (approximately 400 feet) to allow pedestrian access into the Village ( via Adams Street Extension). The project is located at the foot of Greer Hill Ski Lift, south of Adams Street Extension in the Village of Ellicottville.

Contact: Michael Jurkowski, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, NY 14219, phone: (716) 827-8000, fax: (716) 826-7958.

Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft EIS And Public Hearing

Niagara County - The Town of Lockport Planning Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter Development. A public hearing on the Draft EIs will be held on March 30, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town of Lockport Town Hall, 6560 Dysinger Road, Town of Lockport, NY 14094. Written comments may be submitted through April 17, 2006 to the contact person, below. The action involves demolition of approximately 288,500 square feet of an existing retail mall and its replacement with the construction of Wal-Mart Supercenter retail facility of approximately 186,000 square foot, with associated utilities, access drives, parking and landscaping to support the proposed use. The existing Wal-Mart store, located approximately one-quarter mile south of this site will be sold to the owner of the Lockport Mall for re-use. The project is located on Transit Road, Town of Lockport, Niagara County, New York.

Contact: Eugene Nenni, Town Building Department, Town of Lockport, 6200 Robinson Road, Lockport, NY 14094, phone: (716) 439-9527.