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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 spacing orders which establish spacing units for the listed wells. The proposed spacing units for these wells do 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 these spacing units satisfied the policy objectives of ECL §23-0301.

In accordance with the Department’s Program Policy DMN-1, the Department has directed each 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 a 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.

Maps of the listed spacing units are available for inspection by appointment at the Department’s Division of Mineral Resources’ Region 8 Headquarters, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon, New York 14414-9519 (585-226-2466), Contact: Linda Collart; and at the Department’s Region 8 Sub-Office, 276 Sing Sing Road, Suite 1, Horseheads, New York 14845 (607-739-0809), Contact: Joseph Yarosz. Interested parties may also request electronic maps 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 Gray 1
Steuben Prattsburg 578.483 03/09/2007
Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC Meade 1-A
Chemung Erin 648.660 03/09/2007
Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC NiStock 1
Steuben Prattsburg 642.587 03/09/2007
Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC Usack 1
Chemung Erin 479.268 03/09/2007
Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC Walters 1-A
Yates Jerusalem 587.92 03/09/2007
Fortuna Energy Inc. Konstantinides 1
Chemung Van Etten 596.12 03/19/2007
Fortuna Energy Inc. Pace 1
Steuben Corning 292.26 03/20/2007
Fortuna Energy Inc. SRA3 1
Schuyler Orange 686.80 03/19/2007

Negative Declaration

County: Schuyler

Lead Agency: NYS DEC

Project Title: Herbicide Application, Steuben-Schuyler RA #1, Compartment E, Stands 7 and 8 and Compartment H, Stand 1

Contact Person: Mark Keister
7291 Coon Road, Bath, NY 14810
Phone Number: (607) 776-2165 ext. 35

Project Location: Hornby Road and Forks Road in the Town of Orange

Project Description: This project will involve the application of the herbicides Roundup, Accord, Escort, and Arsenal to control understory Japanese Knotweed, an undesirable, non-native invasive plant. The application will take place on 3 sites one acre or less. The topography ranges from flat to 20% slope. This action will kill the undesirable vegetation and allow the sites to be occupied by native vegetation. Regeneration will consist of native vegetation. The only vegetation to be controlled is the target species. The impact on public health is minimal. The herbicide applicator is a licensed applicator. The applicator will follow herbicide label instructions. Time and application rate will be determined by the applicator and will be according to label instructions.

Chemung County - The City Council, City of Elmira, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Cowles Hall, Elmira College, Asbestos Abatement Project Phase II will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves ase II of the asbestos abatement project at Cowles Hall, a property listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places. The asbestos abatement project is necessary prior to the commencement of the College’s plan to restore Cowles Hall. The project involves only the asbestos abatement, selective removals and temporary structure stabilization. The asbestos abatement is required to remove hazardous materials. The selective removals are limited to those necessary to expose the structural load bearing wood members for inspection and/or structural analysis. The selective removal involves historically non-significant materials as recommended in the Historic Structures Report prepared by John G. Waite Assoc. Architects in 2002. The temporary bracing is necessary to preserve the structure since the building has been condemned on multiple occasions due to visible structural distress. The project is located at 15 W. Washington Avenue, Elmira College, Elmira.

Contact: Cheryl S. Box, City Council, City of Elmira, City Hall, 3rd Floor, 317 East Church Street. Elmira, NY 14901, phone: (607) 737-5607, fax: (607) 737-5696, E-mail: cbox@cityofelmira.net.

Genesee County - The Town of Stafford, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Town of Stafford Water District No. 4 Phase 1 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the extension of public water along portions of Sweetland Road and Roanoke Road in the Town of Stafford. Residents in these areas are dependent upon individual groundwater supplies that historically have produced very low yields of poor quality water. Approximately 7,550 linear feet of 8-inch and 12-inch watermain will be installed. The project is located in portions of Sweetland Road and Roanoke Road, Town of Stafford, Genesee County, NY.

Contact: Robert Clement, Town of Stafford, 8903 Route 237, P.O. Box 52, Stafford, NY 14143, phone: (585) 344-1554, fax: (585) 345-0592.

Steuben County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Drilling Permit Application for Fortuna Energy Inc. Proposed Drumm 1 Natural Gas Well Located within Steuben County Agricultural District 16 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves drilling a natural gas well in the Town of Thurston, Steuben County located within Steuben County Agricultural District 16. 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 212,080 square feet or approximately 4.9 acres. 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 83400 square feet or approximately 1.91 acres and the remaining disturbed areas reclaimed. If the well is plugged and abandoned, the site will be reclaimed. J. Drumm property is located approximately 1800 ft. north of Wood Hill Road and 2700 ft. south of Green Hill Road. The project is located in the Town of Thurston, Steuben County.

Contact: Linda Collart, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 6274 East Avon-Lima Rd., Avon, NY 14414, phone: (585) 226-5376, fax: (585) 226-9034.