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.
The public comment period closed on January 11, 2012.
DEC held public hearings during the comment period for the SGEIS and regulations at the following locations in November.
|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|
NYSDEC, Division of Water
625 Broadway - 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-3505