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On July 27, 2015, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock, Memphis, and Vicksburg Districts, issued a joint public notice with the State of Arkansas announcing consideration of reissuance of this regional general permit for the construction of exploration and production wells for oil and gas and their supporting fills and structures in waters of the United States. As lead Corps District in the state, Little Rock District is responsible for coordinating advertisement and review of comments on this statewide regional general permit. The authority for permit issuance is found in Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S. Code 403) and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S. Code 1344). Corps districts are authorized to develop regional general permits in accordance with Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations Parts 325.2(e)(2) and 325.5(c)(1).

After reviewing the previous actions authorized under this regional general permit and comments received on the public notice, it is our assessment that the work authorized will not have significant adverse environmental impacts and that the public interest will be served by reissuance of the regional general permit.

REISSUANCE OF A REGIONAL GENERAL PERMIT for the placement of dredged and fill material in waters of the United States associated with the exploration for and subsequent production of hydrocarbons in the state of Arkansas. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: Background. On July 27, 2015, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock, Memphis, and Vicksburg Districts, issued a joint public notice with the State of Arkansas announcing consideration of reissuance of this regional general permit for the construction of exploration and production wells for oil and gas and their supporting fills and structures in waters of the United States. As lead Corps District in the state, Little Rock District is responsible for coordinating advertisement and review of comments on this statewide regional general permit. The authority for permit issuance is found in Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S. Code 403) and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S. Code 1344). Corps districts are authorized to develop regional general permits in accordance with Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations Parts 325.2(e)(2) and 325.5(c)(1). Determination to Reissue. After reviewing the previous actions authorized under this regional general permit and comments received on the public notice, it is our assessment that the work authorized will not have significant adverse environmental impacts and that the public interest will be served by reissuance of the regional general permit. The policies of this regional general permit will be subject to reconsideration at any time, but will be reviewed at least every five (5) years. This regional general permit is therefore reissued for a period of 5 years until July 6, 2021, unless it is revoked or specifically extended in the interim. Notification/Verification Requirement. Anyone wanting to do work under the proposed regional general permit would have to notify the Little Rock District and receive verification that the proposed work met the limits of the regional general permit. The notification/verification details are outlined in the Procedures for Verifying Authorization attached to the regional general permit. Consideration of New/Additional Information. If additional information, developed during the life of the permit, indicates factors contrary to the public interest, this regional general permit may be suspended, modified, or revoked. Interested parties are requested to provide comments on this regional general permit at any time during the life of the permit. Comments should be addressed to Chief, Regulatory Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, P.O. Box 867, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-0867. NOTE: The mailing list for this Public Notice is arranged by state and county(s) where the project is located, and includes any addressees who have asked to receive copies of all public notices. Please discard notices that are not of interest to you. If you have no need for any of these notices, please advise us so that your name can be removed from the mailing list. Enclosures

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