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Notice: Notice and Opportunity to Comment - Samson Exploration, LLC


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March 22, 2013

March 22, 2013 01:00AM

Coastal Coordination Council



Notice and Opportunity to Comment on Requests for Consistency
Agreement/Concurrence Under the Texas Coastal Management Program

On January 10, 1997, the State of Texas received federal approval of the Coastal Management Program (CMP) (62 Federal Register pp. 1439-1440). Under federal law, federal agency activities and actions affecting the Texas coastal zone must be consistent with the CMP goals and policies identified in 31 TAC Chapter 501. Requests for federal consistency review were deemed administratively complete for the following project(s) during the period of February 4, through February 8, 2013. As required by federal law, the public is given an opportunity to comment on the consistency of proposed activities in the coastal zone undertaken or authorized by federal agencies. Pursuant to 31 TAC §§506.25, 506.32, and 506.41, the public comment period extends 30 days from the date published on the Texas General Land Office web site. The notice was published on the web site on February 20, 2013. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on March 22, 2013.

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:

Applicant: Samson Exploration, LLC

Location: The project site is located on a 731.64 square-miles area that includes wetlands, uplands, and open water habitat within and adjacent to waters of the U.S., including rivers, canals, lakes, and sloughs, in Brazoria and Galveston Counties, Texas. The project can be located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle map titled: Alcoa, Angleton, Christmas Point, Christmas Point OE S, Danbury, Dickenson, Hitchcock, Hoskins Mound, Lake Como, Liverpool, Manvel, Mustang Bayou, Oyster Creek, Rosharon, San Luis Pass, Sea Isle, Texas City, and Virginia Point, Texas. Center of Project – Latitude: 29.46267 North; Longitude -95.100492 West.

Project Description: The applicant proposes to conduct a 3-D survey that requires the deployment of motion sensing devises (geophones/hydrophones or receivers), which would be placed at regular intervals of 220 feet along parallel receiver lines spaced 1,760 feet apart. Geophones would be utilized on land, and hydrophones would be utilized in open water areas and wetlands as applicable. The primary energy source within the project area would be explosive charges. The charge depth and configuration proposed consists of single 110-foot-deep holes drilled at intervals of 220 feet along each source line. Source line spacing on land, in wetlands, and in the Galveston Bay complex would be 1,760 feet. Each source location on land would be loaded with an 11-pound explosive charge, and the hole would be plugged in accordance with state regulations for the prevention of commingling of surface and ground water. In water, all source points will be plugged with bentonite (natural clay) and natural drill cuttings, where feasible. Airguns would be utilized as the energy source in the Gulf of Mexico. Airgun releases would occur at intervals of 220 feet along each source line, and source lines would be spaced 440 feet apart, parallel to one another.

CMP Project No.: 13-1036

Type of Application: U.S.A.C.E. permit application #SWG-2012-00906 is being evaluated under §401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA)

Pursuant to <*>306(d)(14) of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C.A. <*><*>1451-1464), as amended, interested parties are invited to submit comments on whether a proposed action or activity is or is not consistent with the Texas Coastal Management Program goals and policies and whether the action should be referred to the Coastal Coordination Council for review.

Further information on the applications listed above, including a copy of the consistency certifications or consistency determinations for inspection may be obtained from Ms. Sheri Land, Director, P.O. Box 12873, Austin, Texas 78711-2873, or via email at federal.consistency@glo.texas.gov. Comments should be sent to Ms. Land at the above address or by email.


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Sheri Land
Director
P.O. Box 12873
Austin, Texas 78711-2873
Sheri Land