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SUSQUEHANNA RIVER BASIN COMMISSION
4423 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 11, 2015

CONTACT:
Gwyn W. Rowland, Manager, Governmental and Public Affairs
Office: (717) 238-0423, ext. 1316

SRBC Held Business Meeting in Binghamton, New York

Approved 20 water project applications, released proposed rulemaking

HARRISBURG, PA – The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, held its quarterly business meeting in Binghamton, N.Y. Among its actions, SRBC:

  • adopted revisions to Resolution  2013-11;
  • authorized publication of proposed rulemaking to address shortcomings in the rules for transfer of approvals, create a category for minor modifications, establish a procedure for issuing general permits, and address other minor enhancements; a public hearing and comment period will be scheduled to solicit input from interested members of the public;
  • adopted amendments to SRBC’s comprehensive plan;
  • accepted a settlement offer for a compliance matter from Downs Racing L.P. for $25,000 for consumptively using water in excess of its regulatory threshold;
  • conditionally transferred ownership of Hummel Station LLC (Docket Nos. 20081222 and 20081222-2) to Panda Power Funds;
  • extended the term of emergency certificates with Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. to September 1, 2016, and with Furman Foods, Inc. to December 3, 2015; and
  • approved 20 applications and tabled 8 applications (see lists below).

SRBC’s voting commissioners and alternates were :  Kelly Heffner, SRBC Chair and Deputy Secretary for Water Management, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Virginia Kearney, SRBC Vice Chair and Acting Director, Water Management Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment; Col. Edward Chamberlayne, Commander and District Engineer, Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Kenneth Lynch, Director, Region 7, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

SRBC staff also reported on delegated settlements with the following project sponsors, pursuant to SRBC Resolution 2014-15: 

  • Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc.—SCI Waymart, in the amount of $6,000;
  • Conyngham Borough Authority, in the amount of $5,000;
  • Keister Miller Investments, LLC, in the amount of $2,000;
  • Susquehanna Gas Field Services, LLC, in the amount of $2,500; and
  • Wynding Brook, Inc. d/b/a Wynding Brook Golf Club, in the amount of $5,000.
Applications Tabled:
  1. Furman Foods, Inc., (Well 1), Point Township, Northumberland County, Pa.
  2. Furman Foods, Inc., (Well 4), Point Township, Northumberland County, Pa.
  3. Furman Foods, Inc., (Well 7), Point Township, Northumberland County, Pa.
  4. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, (Cresson Mine Drainage Treatment Plant – Argyle Stone Bridge Well), Cresson Borough, Cambria County, Pa.
  5. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, (Cresson Mine Drainage Treatment Plant – Cresson No. 9 Well), Cresson Township, Cambria County, Pa.
  6. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, (Cresson Mine Drainage Treatment Plant – Gallitzin Shaft Well 2A), Gallitzin Township, Cambria County, Pa.
  7. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, (Cresson Mine Drainage Treatment Plant – Gallitzin Shaft Well 2B), Gallitzin Township, Cambria County, Pa.
  8. SWN Production Company, LLC, (Tioga River), Hamilton Township, Tioga County, Pa.
Applications Approved (includes new approvals, modifications, and renewals) (www.srbc.net/wrp/): 
  1. Caernarvon Township Authority, Caernarvon Township, Berks County, Pa.
  2. Chetremon Golf Course, LLC, (Consumptive Use), Burnside Township, Clearfield County, Pa.
  3. Chetremon Golf Course, LLC, (Irrigation Storage Pond), Burnside Township, Clearfield County, Pa.
  4. Chief Oil & Gas LLC, (Loyalsock Creek), Forksville Borough, Sullivan County, Pa.
  5. JELD-WEN, inc. Fiber Division - PA, (Well 1), Wysox Township, Bradford County, Pa.
  6. JELD-WEN, inc. Fiber Division - PA, (Well 4), Wysox Township, Bradford County, Pa.
  7. JELD-WEN, inc. Fiber Division - PA, (Well 5), Wysox Township, Bradford County, Pa.
  8. JELD-WEN, inc. Fiber Division - PA, (Well 6), Wysox Township, Bradford County, Pa.
  9. JELD-WEN, inc. Fiber Division - PA, (Well 7), Wysox Township, Bradford County, Pa.
  10. JELD-WEN, inc. Fiber Division - PA, (Consumptive Use), Wysox Township, Bradford County, Pa.
  11. Keister Miller Investments, LLC, (West Branch Susquehanna River), Mahaffey Borough, Clearfield County, Pa.
  12. Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority, Fairfield Township, Lycoming County, Pa.
  13. Moxie Freedom LLC, (Consumptive Use), Salem Township, Luzerne County, Pa.
  14. Moxie Freedom LLC, (Production Well 1), Salem Township, Luzerne County, Pa.
  15. Seneca Resources Corporation, (Marsh Creek), Delmar Township, Tioga County, Pa.
  16. Shrewsbury Borough, (Blouse Well), York County, Pa.
  17. Shrewsbury Borough, (Smith Well), York County, Pa.
  18. Talisman Energy USA Inc. (Wappasening Creek), Windham Township, Bradford County, Pa.
  19. UGI Development Company, (Hunlock Creek Energy Center), Hunlock Township, Luzerne County, Pa.
  20. XTO Energy, Inc., (West Branch Susquehanna River), Chapman Township, Clinton County, Pa.

SRBC Chair Kelly Heffner remarked during the meeting that the application from Chief Oil & Gas received much public input and comment regarding concerns about the potential impact to Loyalsock Creek, and that the concerns were comprehensively considered by the Commissioners. While the Commission did approve the application, the approval includes certain protections for the ecosystem, including:

  • a reduction of the requested withdrawal from two million gallons per day (mgd) to a maximum peak day of 1.5 mgd;
  • a prohibition on construction of the intake structure from August 1 through November 30 to avoid adverse impact to the Eastern hellbender, a sensitive aquatic salamander, that breeds and lays eggs during that timeframe;
  • variable withdrawal rates on a monthly schedule, ranging from 0.62 mgd to 1.5 mgd, along with protective withdrawal restrictions, which prohibit any withdrawal at streamflows below prescribed thresholds; and
  • a prohibition against providing water from the site to any other company without explicit approval from the Commission’s Executive Director.

About the Susquehanna River Basin Commission
The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based SRBC is the governing agency established under a 100-year compact signed on Dec. 24, 1970, by the federal government and the states of New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland to protect and wisely manage the water resources of the Susquehanna River Basin. The Susquehanna River starts in Cooperstown, New York, and flows 444 miles to Havre de Grace, Maryland, where the river meets the Chesapeake Bay. For more information on SRBC, visit www.srbc.net or follow us on Twitter: @SRBCnews.