ENB - REGION 7 NOTICES

Completed Applications
Consolidated SPDES Renewals

Amendments of the Final Freshwater Wetlands Maps for Onondaga County

Subsequent to the promulgation of the final Freshwater Wetlands Maps for Onondaga County on April 24, 1986, DEC Staff found an inaccuracy affecting Map 3 of 21. Having fully investigated this site, Staff sent notice of the proposed amendment to the affected landowners and published notice in local newspapers and in the ENB. DEC Staff reviewed public comments received during the comment period and at the public hearing held on November 16, 2005. Upon review of Staff's findings and recommendations relative to this matter, the Commissioner was satisfied that Staff appropriately responded to all oral and written comments on the proposed amendments, and that Staff's recommendations were consistent with the requirements of the Freshwater Wetlands Act and supported by the record. The Commissioner ordered that BAL-31 be added as a Class III wetland to Map 3 of 21 for Onondaga County, effective April 25, 2007. A copy of the amended final maps will be filed with the office of the clerk of each affected local government and in the Department's Region 7 Office.

Contact: Gerald Rasmussen, NYSDEC Region 7, 1285 Fisher Avenue, Cortland, N.Y. 13045-1090, phone (607) 753-3095, ext. 201, FAX (607) 753-8532, email gprasmus@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Public Notice

Notice of Intent to Issue Spacing Orders for Spacing Units Which Do Not Conform to Statewide Spacing in New York

The Department hereby gives notice, pursuant to subdivisions 23-0503(3) and 23-0503(5) of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law ("ECL"), of its intent to issue a spacing order which establishes a spacing unit for the listed well. The proposed spacing unit for this well does not conform to the "statewide spacing" provisions of ECL §23-0501(B)(1). However, following a review of information supplied by the well operators, the Department has determined that this spacing unit satisfies the policy objectives of ECL §23-0301.

In accordance with the Department’s Program Policy DMN-1, the Department has directed the well operator listed below to provide notice of each proposed spacing unit by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the vicinity of each unit and by direct mailing to each owner within the unit and the surface owner of the tract where the well is located. The well operator will provide proof of such mailing in the form of copies of the certified mail return receipts or affidavits of service. A 30-day comment period, as provided by ECL §23-0503(5), commences upon an owner’s receipt of the notice, which must be documented to the Department. If the Department determines that substantive and significant issues are raised in a timely manner during the comment period, then an adjudicatory hearing must be scheduled.

Written comments on the proposed spacing unit should be submitted to: JOHN K. DAHL, DIRECTOR, BUREAU OF OIL AND GAS REGULATION, DIVISION OF MINERAL RESOURCES, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION, 625 BROADWAY, 3RD FLOOR, ALBANY, NY 12233-6500, (518-402-8056). Any challenge to a proposed spacing unit must meet the substantive and significant requirement for establishing an issue for adjudication and must contain (i) a description and a map of the proposed alternative spacing unit; (ii) a technical justification of the proposed alternative spacing unit, which shall include a description and analysis of the scientific data intended by the owner to support its proposed spacing unit configuration; and (iii) the name, address and experience of any expert witness proposed to support the proposed alternative spacing unit configuration.

The map of the listed spacing unit is available for inspection by appointment at the Department’s Division of Mineral Resources’ Region 8 Sub-Office, 276 Sing Sing Road, Suite 1, Horseheads, New York 14845 (607-739-0809), Contact: Joseph Yarosz; and at the Department’s Region 7 Headquarters, 615 Erie Blvd. West, Syracuse, NY 13204 (315) 263-1067, Contact: Matt Podniesinski. Interested parties may also request an electronic map from the Department’s Division of Mineral Resources’ Albany office by email, at dmnog@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

The spacing order will not be issued until one of the following occurs: (1) the Department determines that no substantive and significant issues have been raised, or (2) an adjudicatory hearing has been held to address any substantive and significant issues. After spacing order issuance, any spacing unit wherein the acreage is not 100% controlled by the well operator will be scheduled for an integration hearing pursuant to ECL §23-0901(3).

Current Owner Well Name and API Number County Town Proposed Unit Size Date of Spacing Unit Map
Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC Beagell 2-A
31-007-22995-01-00
Broome Kirkwood 384.47 03/08/2007

Negative Declaration

Well Name: Willet Hargett 1
API Number: 31-011-23986-00

This notice is issued pursuant to Part 617 of the implementing regulations pertaining to Article 8 (State Environmental Quality Review Act) of the Environmental Conservation Law.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as Lead Agency, has determined that the proposed action described below will not have a significant effect on the environment and that a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement will not be required.

Name of Action: Review of a natural gas well permit application submitted by Ansbro Petroleum Co.

Description of Action: The applicant proposes to drill a natural gas well in the Town of Genoa, Cayuga County. The well will be drilled as a test of the Black River formation at an approximate depth of 8,817 ft. Drilling operations will be conducted in accordance with the drilling permit issued and rules and regulations of the Department. The total area proposed to be disturbed during the initial construction phase for the well site and access road is 124,000 square feet or approximately 2.85 acres. The well location is within Cayuga County Agricultural District #03. After the well has been drilled, it will be put into production or plugged and abandoned. The well pad and access road areas for a producing well will be reduced to 31,500 square feet or approximately 0.72 acres and the remaining disturbed areas reclaimed. If the well is plugged and abandoned, the site will be reclaimed.

Location: Approximately 500 feet east Sharpsteen Road and 2150 feet south of Goose Street. The project is located in the Town of Genoa, Cayuga County.

Reasons Supporting This Determination: Pursuant to State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) regulations in 6 NYCRR Part 617.7, Department staff have reviewed the Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) which addresses potential impacts associated with the well and have made the determination

that this project will not result in significant, adverse environmental impacts and that a permit, with conditions, can be issued.

A Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program (GEIS) was finalized July, 1992 which satisfies SEQRA requirements for most aspects of drilling individual oil and natural gas wells; however, the disturbance to agricultural land in Agricultural Districts in excess of 2.5 acres requires additional environmental review. In accordance with the GEIS and SEQRA, the environmental impact review considered for this application is limited to disturbance of lands that fall within Agricultural Districts.

As Lead Agency, the Department has concluded that the applicant has provided sufficient information to avoid, minimize or mitigate to the extent practicable, adverse environmental impacts potentially associated with the project. After a full review of the application, the Department is satisfied that the requirements of ECL Article 8-0109 have been met. The following was relied upon in reaching this determination:

The proposed well is within an agricultural district certified pursuant to Article 25-AA of the NYS Agriculture & Markets Law. The proposed well site currently consists of agricultural land. There should be no permanent disturbance to agricultural lands. Erosion and sedimentation control measures will be implemented from the initiation of well site construction through final reclamation. After the well is drilled, it will either be put into production or plugged and abandoned. The size of the production well pad is estimated to be 0.69 acres; therefore, most of the land disturbed during the drilling phase will be reclaimed when the well is put into production. If the well is plugged and abandoned, the entire well site will be reclaimed. The site will be reclaimed with the return of the land surface to its original contours. Well casings will be cut off to 4 ft. below ground surface. Conditions will be added to the drilling permit to ensure the site will be returned to a condition suitable for agricultural use.

For Further Information:
Contact Person: Linda Collart
Address: NYS DEC 6274 E. Avon-Lima Rd. Avon, NY 14414
Telephone Number: (585) 226-5376
E-mail Address: lacollar@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Well Name: Willet Cotton-Hanlon 1
API Number: 31-011-23984-00

This notice is issued pursuant to Part 617 of the implementing regulations pertaining to Article 8 (State Environmental Quality Review Act) of the Environmental Conservation Law.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Review of a natural gas well permit application submitted by Ansbro Petroleum Co. will not have a significant adverse impact on the environment. and that a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement will not be required. The action involves the applicant proposing to drill a natural gas well in the Town of Genoa, Cayuga County. The well will be drilled as a test of the Black River formation at an approximate depth of 10,085 ft. Drilling operations will be conducted in accordance with the drilling permit issued and rules and regulations of the Department. The total area proposed to be disturbed during the initial construction phase for the well site and access road is 125,050 square feet or approximately 2.87 acres. The well location is within Cayuga County Agricultural District #03. After the well has been drilled, it will be put into production or plugged and abandoned. The well pad and access road areas for a producing well will be reduced to 32,550 square feet or approximately 0.75 acres and the remaining disturbed areas reclaimed. If the well is plugged and abandoned, the site will be reclaimed. The project is located approximately 200 feet north of Green Road (A.K.A. Lamphier Road) and 3200 feet east of Cowan Road. The project is located in the Town of Genoa, Cayuga County.

Contact: Linda Collart, NYS DEC 6274 E. Avon-Lima Rd. Avon, NY 14414, phone: (585) 226-5376, e-mail:lacollar@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Negative Declaration

Cayuga County - The Town of Aurelius, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Town of Aurelius Comprehensive Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the Town of Aurelius supporting the regulation of land use and fiscal affairs by undertaking comprehensive planning to plan a future or economic properity, social improvement and protection of the environment. The project is townwide.

Contact: Edward J. Ide, Town of Aurelius, 1241 W. Genesee St. Rd., Auburn, NY 13021, phone: (315) 255-1894, fax: (315) 253-5827.


Positive Declaration And Public Scoping

Tompkins County - The Town of Ithaca Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Ithaca College Athletic & Events Center 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 May 2, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 215 North Tioga St., Ithaca, NY . The action involves the Ithaca College Athletic and Events Center located on the eastern side of the Ithaca College campus near the Coddington Road campus entrance, Town of Ithaca Tax Parcel No.’s 41-1-30.2, 41-1-24, and 42-1-9.2, Medium Density Residential Zone. The proposal includes the construction of a +/- 300,000 square foot field house building (containing a 200M track, indoor field for practices and games, seating and floor space for large events, Olympic size pool and diving well, indoor tennis courts, rowing center, strength and conditioning center, etc.) an outdoor-lighted artificial turf field and 400M track, and the creation of 1015 +/- parking spaces (553 existing parking spaces moved and 462 new parking spaces). The project is proposed in several phases and will also include new walkways, access roads, stormwater facilities, outdoor lighting, and landscaping. Ithaca College, Owner/Applicant; Richard Couture, Agent.

The proposed project, which requires site plan approval and special permit by the Planning Board and possibly variance(s) by the Town of Ithaca Zoning Board of Appeals, is a Type I action pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act, 6 NYCRR Part 617, and Chapter 148 of the Town of Ithaca Code regarding Environmental Quality Review because the proposal involves construction of a facility with more than 25,000 square feet of gross floor area, parking for more than 100 vehicles, and potentially, the physical alteration of more than 10 acres (Section 148-5.C-1, 3 and 4 Town of Ithaca Code).

The project is located at Ithaca College Campus near Coddington Rd. entrance, Town of Ithaca, NY.

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