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SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF)

NYSDEC has made a tentative decision to issue a SPDES general permit that will authorize point source discharges from high volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) operations to, in or over waters of the State. The SPDES general permit requires a Notice of Intent submittal to NYSDEC in order to discharge under this general permit. Permittees must develop a comprehensive Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and implement control measures that minimize the discharge of pollutants to waters of the State. The NYSDEC reserves the right to require any applicant seeking coverage under this General Permit to apply for an individual SPDES permit. The General Permit has five year permit.

High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF) Operations, as used in this general permit, consist of three parts: 1) the Construction phase during which an access road and a well pad are constructed; 2) the HVHF phase, during which a variety of well drilling equipment, chemical additives and material storage and mixing areas, vehicles and other miscellaneous equipment and supplies may be present; and 3) the Production phase, where natural gas is extracted from the well.

Documents

SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (PDF) (504 KB)

Fact Sheet for the SPDES GP for High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (PDF) (185 KB)

Public Comment

The public comment period closed on January 11, 2012.

Public Hearings

DEC held public hearings during the comment period for the SGEIS and regulations at the following locations in November.

Hearings Calendar for HVHF Proposed Regulations
Date Time Location
11/16/2011 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Dansville Middle School Auditorium, 31 Clara Barton Street, Dansville, NY 14437
11/16/2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Dansville Middle School Auditorium, 31 Clara Barton Street, Dansville, NY 14437
11/17/2011 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM The Forum Theatre, 236 Washington Street, Binghamton, NY 13901
11/17/2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM The Forum Theatre, 236 Washington Street, Binghamton, NY 13901
11/29/2011 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Sullivan County Community College, Seelig Theatre, 112 College Road, Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759
11/29/2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Sullivan County Community College, Seelig Theatre, 112 College Road, Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759
11/30/2011 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007
11/30/2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007

Contact Person

Ken Kosinski
NYSDEC, Division of Water
625 Broadway - 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-3505
email: dowinfo@gw.dec.state.ny.us