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Epa i Nergy Letter 12062011

Epa i Nergy Letter 12062011

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UNITEDSTATESENVIRONMENTALPROTECTIONAGENCY
REGION2290BROADWAYNEWYORK,NY10007-1866
~~~~~~~[))
DEC12
20n
DI\I1S10N
of
MiNERALRESOURCES
CERTfFJEDMA1L--Rt:TURNRECEIPT
REQUESTED
ArticlcNumbcr:70053110
ooon
59509395
BrodyD.Smith
Bond,Schoeneck
&
King,PLLC
OneL-incoln
CenterSyracuse.NewYork13202-1355Rc:
FingerLakes
LPCStorage,
LLCClass
llXPermitApplicationReviewofMaterialsin
EPA's
FilesDear
1'v1r.
Smith:
Asrequested,theU.S.
EnvironmentalProtectionAgency
(EPA)
hascompletedreviewofpermitapplicationmaterialscurrentlyonfilefortheU.S.Saltfacility,permitnumberNYU063860.
EPA
hasidentifiedadd
iti
analinformationtha
t
111
ustbesubrniuedi
11
order
for
EPA
to
deemFingerLakes
LPG
Storage.
LLC's("fingerLakes")application
1'01;
apermittoauthorizebrineinjectionassociatedwithLiquefiedPetroleumGas("'LP(J")storagecomplete.
EPA
isalsoawarethatFingerLakeshaspreparedaDraftSupplementallnvironmentalImpactStatement
("DSE]S"),
pursuanttoNewYork
StareDcpartrnentor
EnvironmentaI
Conscrvati
on
("0EC")
requi
rernents.
111
uch
0
r
whi
chisavailableon-line.ShouldanyoftheinformationdeficienciesidentifiedbelowbeaddressedbytheOSEIS,FingerLakescanopttoproviderelevantportionsof"theDSEISinitsresponseand/orprovidethespecificwebaddress,includingdocumentpagenumberts)where
til
i
s
i
nforrna
ti
onisavaiIablcon-Iinc.
J.
AttachmentB-MapofAreaofReview:Pursuant
(0
4()Code
or
FederalRegulations
("(F.R·)~
144.31(e)(7),allapplicantslorUndcrgroundlnjcction
Control
("UIC")
permitsmustprovidea"topographicmap(orothermap
ira
topographicmapisunavailable)extendingonemilebeyondthepropertyboundaries...depictingthe
facility
andeachofitsintakeanddischargestructures:each
of
itshazardous
wastetreatment,
storage,ordisposalfacilities:eachwellwhere
fluids
fromthefacilityarcinjectedunderground;andthosewells,springs,andothersurfacewaterbodies,anddrinkingwaterwellslistedinpublicrecordsorotherwiseknowntotheapplicantwithinaquartermileofthe
Facility
property
boundary."Pursuant
to
40
C.F.R.
§146.24(a)(2),
themapmustalsodisplaythe"numberornameandlocationofallexistingproducingwells..injectionwells,
abandoned
wells,dryholes,and
water
wells.Themapmay
alsoshow...faults
i
f
].;,110\-VI1
orsuspected."
InternetAddress
(URL).
Recycled/Recyclable.PrintedwithVegetable011BasedInksonRecycledPaper(MInimum50%Postconsumercontent)
 
Therefore,pleasesubmitamapeitherdisplayingeachoftherequiredclementsor,
if
an
clement
is
not
knowntoexist
withinthe
relevantmea.
a
statementclearlyindicatingthedementisno!applicable.
At
a
minimum,
thefollowing
informationmustbedisplayed:a.Locationsofalldrilledwells
that
FingerLakesproposestoutilizeforbrineinjection,e.g.Wells33and58.b.Locationsofallotherdriliedwellsthatpenetratetheproposedstoragecaverns.
e.g.
Wells34,43and44.anddrilledwellspenetratingtheproposedinjectionzoneandlocatedwithin~mileoftheproposedstoragecaverns.The
OSEIS
notesthatthefirs!wellsdrilledforsaltonthepresent
U.
S.Saltpropertywere
drill
edbythe
Glen
Sal
t
Com
panyin
1893.If
locationsoftheseearlywellsareknown,theymustbeincludedon
map.
c.Locationsofallproposedwellstobedrilled,e.g.FingerLakes
#1
d.Currentgeographicextent
of
theproposedstoragecavernsandallothercavernslocatedwithin~mileoftheproposedstoragecaverns.e.Anticipatedmaximumgeographicextent
of
theproposedstoragecaverns
andall
othercavernslocated
within~
mileoftheproposedstoragecaverns
attheend
oftheprojectlife.2.AttachmentB-ListofLand
(hVllCI"S:
Pursuant
\0
40C.F.R.§144.31(e)(9),a
perm
i
lapp
I
icant
mustsu
brn
ita
J
ist0
r
allowners
0
C
landlocatedwi
thi
11
I/,
mi
le
oftheproposedfacilityboundary.3.AttachmentC-CorrectiveAction:Pursuantto40C.F.R.
§
146.7,EPAmustconsider,amongotherthings,thecompletionand,ifapplicable,pluggingrecordsof
all
wellsthatpenetratetheinjectionzoneandarelocated
within
theArea
of
Review.Pleaseprovidetheserecordsforallwellsthateitherpenetratetheproposedstoragecavernsorarelocatedwithin~mileoftheboundariesoftheproposedstoragecaverns.Theserecordsmust,
at
aminimum,clearlyindicate:
a.
Thedepthsthatcasingstringswereinstalledinthewells.b.Thequantityofcement,
if
any.
usedtocementeachcasingstringinthe
well.
c.
The
measuredorestimatedtopof
cement
oneachcasingstring.
d.If
thewellispluggedandabandoned,alsoprovidethedepthintervalsforeachcementplugplaced
in
the
well
andthematerial,ifany.placed
in
thewellbetweenthecementplugs,e.g.gel.ItisalsoEPA'sunderstandingthatseveralexistingwells,e.g.Wells#34,43and44,thatpenetratetheproposedstoragecavernsmaybepluggedandabandoned.
If
so,pleaseprovidetheproposedpluggingprocedurestobeused.4.AttachmentE-IdentificationofUndergroundSourcesofDrinkingWater:
Drawing0-3of
theClass
III
permit
application,presumablypreparedin
the1980s,displaysthelocationsofwaterwells.However,thelowqualityofthemapPagc2oflO
 
makesitdifficulttoseethewelllocations,Inaddition,theaccompanyingwrite-lipindicatedonlythatthewellsare"shallow"
but
doesnotelaborate,
The1985
Class
III
permitapplicationindicatesthat,
at
that
time.thedeepestwaterwellwithinthe~mileAreaofReviewwas225
feet,
Pleaseprovideupdatedinformationonthelocationsanddepths
of
allundergroundsourcesofdrinkingwaterthatarelocatedwithin
III
mileoftheproposedstoragecaverns.Thisinformationmaybeobtainedfromseveraldatasourcesincludingthedepthsofwaterwellslocatedatthefacilityandnearbyresidencesanddriller'srecordsfortheexistingwellsatthefacilitythatidentifythedepthsfromwhichfreshwaterflowswerenoted.EPAalsorequires
that,
whendrillingany
newwells
at
thefacility,FingerLakesshallidentifyandreportthedepthsCramwhich
lresh
waterflowsarcnoted.5_AttachmentG-Geologicinformation:40C.F.R.~146.22(a)requiresthat"allnewClass
II
wellsshallbesitedinsuchaCashionthai
they
injectintoaformationwhichisseparatedfromanyUSD
\..\1
byaconfiningzonethatisfree
or
knownopenfaultsorfractureswithintheareaof
review.'
40CT.
R.
§
146.23(a)(I)requiresthaithemaximuminjectionpressure"shallnotexceed
(l
maximumwhichshallbecalculatedsoas
10
assurethatthepressureduringinjectiondocsnotinitiatenewfracturesorpropagateexistingfracturesintheconfiningzoneadjacenttotheUSD\.vs."Inaccordancewiththeaboverequirements,FingerLakesmustprovidethefollowinginformation:a.Clearidentificationofallconfiningzoneslocatedabovetheinjectionzonethail-ingerLakesbelievesprovideadequateprotection
1'01'
undergroundsourcesofdrinkingwater.TheClassIIIpermitapplicationidentifiedtheCamillusShaleas"oneoftheconfininglayers"butprovidednospecificgeologicinformationconcerningthe
potosi
1)"
pcrrncabiIi
I)"
orlracturcpressurefortheCamillus.ItisunclearifthecoredintervalinWell
#58
i
ncludcdtheCamiIIussuchthatcoredatacouldbeusedtodocumentthegeomechanicalpropertiesoftheCamillus.Accurateassessmentoftheporosity,permeabilityandfracturepressureoftheCarnillusisparticularlyimportant
if
theproposedstoragecavernroofsarccurrently,ormaybecomeasarcsui
t
ofoperationalcaverngrowthover
I
ime,illd
i
reel
contactwiththeCamillussuchthattheCamilluswillbeexposedtostoredfluids(LPGand/orbrine)andthepressuresassociatedwiththestorageoperation.Ifthisdataisnototherwiseavailable,FingerLakescanincludeaproposedplanforobtainingthisdatawhiledrillingnewwells.b.TheClassIIIpermitapplicationpackageAttachmentGindicatesthatAuachment
J
discussesthegeologyofthesaltformation,specificallyincludingthefracturepressureofthesaltformationthatwasdeterminedwhenthesolutionminingwellswerehydraulicallylracturcd.Attachment
.I
0
f
thatappIicauonhasnotbeenlocatedin
r~p;\
s
filcssopleasepro
v
ide

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