For Immediate Release
HYDRO RECOVERY BLOSSBURG PLANT RECEIVES BEN FRANKLIN TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS’ INVESTMENT FUNDING
$250,000 supports new $11.5 million frac water treatment plant
Blossburg, PA March 2, 2011 – An innovative new manufacturing facility of Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid (HSF™) under construction near Blossburg, Tioga County, has received a $250,000 investment funding from the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, company officials from Hydro Recovery, LP announced today. The Alternative Energy Development Program (AEDP) funding will help offset some of the construction costs for the $11.5 million project. The new manufacturing plant utilizes ‘frac’ water from the natural gas drilling process as its raw material to create a hydraulic stimulation fluid that can be reused to fracture future natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale Play.
Launched in October of 2010, the new Hydro Recovery Blossburg plant is the first of its kind in the state to focus on treating the waste effluent of the Marcellus Shale drilling process aimed at 100% reuse of the water with a zero discharge policy. Hydro Recovery’s patented treatment process removes dissolved solids and other harmful chemicals from the used frac water and allows it to be reused in the drilling process. When fully operational the new Blossburg plant will treat as much as 330,000 gallons of frac-water a day.
“We are delighted to receive this grant from Ben Franklin Technology Partners,” said Neil Hedrick, President of Hydro Recovery, “and look forward to the plant’s opening later this Spring in April. Having the backing of a well known entity like Ben Franklin Technology Partners means a lot to us as it speaks to the reputation and credibility of our company and project.”
Hedrick noted that the Blossburg plant is the first of twelve such treatment facilities the company hopes to open across the state, all of which will be located close to Marcellus Shale drilling operations so as to reduce the impacts of heavy truck traffic and other costs.
Hedrick said the state-of-the-art plant will employ over a dozen skilled Pennsylvania technicians and reduce the amount of fresh groundwater used in the natural gas drilling process, as well as reduce trucking and other environmental concerns for the growing natural gas industry in central and northern Pennsylvania. Additional ancillary jobs will be created in the trucking, chemical and landfill business. Officials estimate the plant will save over 100 million gallons of freshwater from being used in the drilling process each year, and prevents hundreds of thousands of tons of dissolved solids from being released back into the state’s waterways.
Former State Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger, who was present for the plant’s groundbreaking last year, noted during his remarks that “this facility will change the way the natural gas industry treats its wastewater so it can be reused in the fracing process and that no liquid is discharged into the state’s waterways as a result. Hydro Recovery is opening the door to a better future that enables Pennsylvania to use utilize all of our resources in an effective way that protects our environment.”
Teresa Irvin Copenhaver
Business Development Manager
Hydro Recovery LP is a manufacturer of Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid (HSF) based in Blossburg, PA. The firm treats residual wastewater from the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling and production process and Acid Mine Drainage water, and converts it into HSF, which can be reused by drillers in future operations. Hydro Recovery is owned by DALK Land LP.