Well #8 permit application moving toward a decision on environmental requirements.

The City is preparing for public comment a “Mitigated Negative Declaration” for the Well #8 permit application. This means the City’s consultant has found the project would have potentially significant environmental impacts.  Noise is certainly one of them, and there may be others.  However, if Crestview modifies its project to “mitigate” the potential impacts, the City can issue a Mitigated Negative Declaration (“MND”) that there would be no significant environmental impacts and avoid the lengthy and expensive process of preparing a full “Environmental Impact Statement.”

When the draft MND is complete, probably in the second half of June, it will be posted on the City’s website, and a 4′ x 8′ notice sign will be posted at the well site on Crestview Avenue.  Neighbors and other interested persons will have 30 days to comment by letter or email. Then the City’s environmental consultant will consider and respond to each comment, and revise the MND as appropriate.  Crestview may then propose the specified mitigation measures and, if acceptable, City staff will prepare a full staff report including the MND documents, conditions to be included in the permit, and recommendations.  There would be another opportunity for public comments and a full hearing before a decision by the Planning Commission.

Crestview is not planning any meeting(s) with neighbors of Well #8, at least not in the near future.  However, President Frank Mezzatesta, will promptly respond to individual shareholder questions submitted by phone or email.  Request his contact information from the Office.  A word of caution:  The description of Well #8 and the Well #8 FAQs on Crestview’s website are more that three years old, contain errors, and are incomplete.

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