Earlier this week, Ohio EPA released a draft Construction Storm Water General Permit for Oil and Gas Linear Transmission Line and Gathering Line Installation for public comment, according to ShaleOhio.
According to Ohio EPA, the draft permit is a “non-NPDES” permit issued under state law and would apply outside of the federal stormwater construction exemption for these kinds of projects. The draft permit requires the development and implementation of a stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWP3) and a horizontal directional drilling (HDD) contingency plan. The permit will be necessary for construction activities disturbing five or more acres.
A public informational session is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22, 2018, from 2:30-4 p.m. A public hearing on the draft permit has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at 3 p.m. Both events will be held at Ohio EPA’s Central Office in Columbus, Ohio. Public comments should be submitted to Ohio EPA by June 6, 2018.