Consolidated SPDES Renewals
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for a natural gas transmission and underground storage expansion project proposed by Central New York Oil and Gas Co., LLC (CNYOG). The EA, which was released on July 28, 2006, recommends that "the Commission Order contain a finding of no significant impact." The proposed project, known as the Stagecoach Phase II Expansion Project, has been assigned FERC Docket Number CP06-64-000. The EA assesses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of CNYOGís proposed expansion of its underground gas storage facilities and related pipeline facilities in New York and Pennsylvania. The portion of the project that is in New York State is in the Towns of Owego and Nichols in Tioga County and involves the addition of three adjacent and nearly depleted gas production reservoirs to the existing storage facility.
CNYOG has also applied to the Department of Environmental Conservation for an Underground Storage Modification Permit for the Stagecoach Storage Field. This permit is currently under review by Department staff. A separate Notice of Complete Application will be published when this application is determined to be complete and a draft permit prepared for public review and comment.
Elements of the proposed project will impact federally protected wetlands and streams regulated under Section 404 of the Federal Clean Water Act which requires obtaining a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps has issued a Section 404 Permit for the project under Nationwide Permit 12. A requirement of Section 401 of the Clean Water Act and Section 404/Nationwide Permit 12 is the necessity for the project sponsor to obtain a Water Quality Certification from NYSDEC. The Section 401 Water Quality Certification application for this project was previously noticed, with a public review and comment period, by the Department and the applicant on July 19, 2006. The application is currently under review by Department staff. The FERCís EA and related DEC permit application documents are available for review by appointment at the Division of Mineral Resourcesí office at 625 Broadway in Albany where the contact person is Kathleen Sanford (518-402-8056) and at the Region 7 Division of Environmental Permitsí office at 1285 Fisher Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045-1090, where the contact person is John Merriman (607-753-3095). The EA has also been placed in the public files of the FERC. A limited number of copies of the EA are available for distribution and public inspection at: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Public Reference Room; 888 First Street, N.E., Room 2A; Washington, DC 20426; phone (202) 502-8371.
If you wish to comment by mail on the federal EA, mail your comments so that they will be received in Washington, DC on or before August 28, 2006. Send an original and two copies of your comments to: Magalie R. Salas, Secretary; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; 888 First St., N.E., Room 1A; Washington, DC 20426. Reference Docket No. CP06-64-000. Label one copy of the comments for the attention of the Gas Branch 1, PJ-11.1; The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing of any comments or interventions or protests to this proceeding. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(l)(iii) and the instructions on the Commissionís web site at www.ferc.gov under the "e-Filing" link and link to the Userís Guide. Before you can file comments you will need to create a free online account which can be created by clicking on "Sign-up." Comments filed electronically are also requested by August 28, 2006.
Madison County - Notice is hereby given that the New York State Office Of General Services has declared that 34 Pine Street, located in the Town and Village of Hamilton, County of Madison is no longer useful for State program purposes and has been declared abandoned to the Commissioner of General Services for sale or other disposition as unappropriated State land. This abandonment was approved July 20, 2006.
Contact: Ellen Manning, Office of General Services, Bureau of Land Management, 26th Floor, Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12242, phone: (518) 474-2194, fax: (518) 474-0011.
Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Tioga, Tompkins Counties: - The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Chenango Countywide 911 Communication System Upgrade project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment, and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on Tuesday, August 15, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. in the Boardroom of the Chenango County Office Building (5 Court Street, Norwich, NY 13815). A draft scoping document, which describes the project and methodologies to be used to assess potential environmental impacts of the proposed project, is available on the DASNY Website (http://www.dasny.org), the Chenango County Website (http://www.co.chenango.ny.us/) and at the public libraries in Sherburne, Norwich and Greene in Chenango County and at the public library in Sidney, Delaware County. Written comments on the draft scoping document may be sent to the contact person and will be accepted for a period of ten (10) calendar days following the close of the public scoping meeting. The project involves demolition of existing communications infrastructure at a site in the Town of Norwich, and construction of new antenna towers and equipment shelters, and/or renovation of existing infrastructure, at an additional seven sites located throughout Chenango County. Towns within Chenango County where project-related activities are proposed include: Coventry, Greene, New Berlin, Norwich (two sites), Pharsalia, Sherburne and Otselic. In Delaware County new equipment is proposed to be added to an existing antenna tower located south of the Village of Sidney in the Town of Masonville.
Contact: Robert S. Derico, Environmental Manager, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, 515 Broadway, Albany, New York 12207-2964, phone: (518) 257-3214, fax: (518) 257-3100.
Oswego County - The Town of West Monroe, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Good Farms Subdivision may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session was held on August 3, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town of West Monroe Planning Board, County Route 11, West Monroe, New York. The action involves conversion of approximately 120 acres of vacant agricultural land into a mix of residential and commercial development consisting of: 208 1/4 acre single family lots; 7.5 acre lot for senior apartments and 31 acres of commercial development. The project is located on State Route 49, West Monroe,NY.
Contact: Chris Altier, Planning Board, Town of West Monroe, County Route 11, West Monroe, New York 13167, phone: (315) 668-8314.