U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, REGION 3
Water Protection Division, Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Hurricane District, Buchanan County, Virginia
PROPOSAL TO ISSUE A FINAL UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL PERMIT FOR CARDNO MM&A,
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT, AND AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC HEARING
Public Comments will be accepted until December 2, 2013
notice: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III (EPA) plans to issue an Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit to Cardno MM&A under the authority of the Federal UIC regulations at 40 C.F.R. Parts 124, 144, 146, and 147. The permit is necessary to construct and operate three (3) class II-R injection wells.
description:Cardno MM&A submitted an application to EPA in February, 2013 requesting to convert three (3) existing coal bed methane production wells, owned by CNX Gas Company LLC, into class II-R injection wells for the purpose of enhanced recovery of coal bed methane. The proposed injection wells are located in the Oakwood Coal Bed Methane field, in the Hurricane District of Buchanan County, Virginia. EPA developed a draft permit which allows Cardno MM&A to convert three coal bed methane production wells into injection wells and to inject liquid carbon dioxide into coal seams of the Lee and Pocahontas Formations, for a period of twelve (12) months. The draft permit Virginia Tech-Cardno Permit (PDF)(12pp, 129.49KB); and a statement of the basis VA Tech Statement of Basis (PDF) (4pp, 80.94KB) for the conditions of the permit, were made available for public comment from August 27 to September 27, 2013. During that time, EPA received only one (1) comment. The comment was from the applicant, Cardno MM&A, and pertained to the methodology EPA used to calculate the maximum allowable injection pressure for one of the three proposed injection wells. EPA has reviewed the comment, and found it to have merit. The maximum allowable bottom hole injection pressure for well DD-8 has been changed from 1153 psi to 1535 psi.
opportunity for comment: EPA requests public comment on the change in the maximum allowable injection pressure for well DD-8. Please mail public comments on the draft underground injection permit to the EPA address listed above to the attention of Michael Eller, or e-mail comments to email@example.com, by December 2, 2013. A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM at:
Appalachian School of Law
Booth Center Classroom/Reception Hall
1169 Edgewater Drive
Grundy, Virginia 24614
Requests to hold a public hearing must be received by EPA in the office listed above by Monday, December 2, 2013. When requesting a public hearing, please state the nature of the issues you propose to raise. EPA expressly reserves the right to cancel this hearing unless a significant degree of public interest, specific to the proposed changes in the draft underground injection permit, is evidenced by the above date
AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION:The Administrative Record for this draft permit is available for public inspection during normal business hours at the offices of U.S. EPA Region III, at the address shown above. All information submitted by the applicant, unless deemed confidential, is included in the Administrative Record and is available to the public for review. Copies of the permit application, the draft permit, and the statement of basis are also available for review and inspection at the Buchanan County Public Library, 1185 Poetown Street, Grundy, Virginia 24614.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Interested persons may obtain further information by contacting Michael Eller at the address listed above or by phone at 215-814-5427.