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Brine Disposal Wells

A well permit is required from the Division of Mineral Resources for any brine disposal well deeper than 500 feet. This includes any operation to drill, deepen, plug back or convert a well. Regardless of well depth, the NYSDEC Division of Water must be contacted for a determination of whether a SPDES permit is necessary to operate any brine disposal well.


Region 7
(Broome, Cayuga, Chenago, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Tioga and Tompkins Counties):

Regional Water Engineer
615 Erie Boulevard West
Syracuse, NY 13204-2400
(315) 426-7500

Region 8
(Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates Counties):

Regional Water Engineer
6274 E. Avon-Lima Road
Avon, NY 14414
(585) 226-2466

Region 9
(Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara, andWyoming Counties):

Regional Water Engineer
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202-2999
(716) 851-7070

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