March 22, 2012

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Teresa Irvin Copenhaver                                                                                       March 21, 2012

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Hydro Recovery Expands Liquid Waste Treatment Options 

PA Department of Environmental Protection approves treatment of additional fluids by innovative Blossburg, PA based company

Blossburg, PA – The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved Hydro Recovery LP’s planned expansion into the treatment of additional wastewater streams from the oil and gas industry.   This expansion will allow additional types of liquid waste to be recycled into treated brine water that the industry can reuse for hydraulic fracturing, thus reducing the need for fresh water supplies and reducing the need for waste disposal through injection wells or landfilling.

“When given the option, natural gas companies choose to treat and reuse their liquid waste streams rather than dispose of them, said Chris Wunz, COO of Hydro Recovery.  “Our clients have asked us to help turn their environmental liabilities into assets, and this expansion will further enhance our ability to do so.”

Last June, Hydro Recovery began taking wastewater from the exploration and production of Marcellus Shale natural gas and turning it into Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid (HSF™) for use in fracturing Marcellus Shale gas wells.  Recognizing the need to treat additional types of wastewater, Hydro Recovery worked with DEP officials over the past year to gain approval to treat additional types of oil and gas liquid waste from both conventional and unconventional oil and gas exploration and production.  Hydro Recovery was the original applicant that developed the Residual Waste General Use Permit WMGR123 and then continued to work with DEP on newly revised WMGR123. 

Boring fluids are one example of Hydro Recovery’s treatment expansion.   When installing pipelines, natural gas companies sometimes have to bore a hole under a stream or road which may produce muddy water requiring disposal.  Prior to the recent treatment expansion, the muddy water would either be applied to land, or under certain circumstances would be combined with bulking agent additives to solidify it before taking it to a landfill.  Now companies can bring their boring fluids to Hydro Recovery, where it is treated for reuse.  This is just one example of how Hydro’s innovative recycling technology and treatment process helps save millions of gallons of freshwater from being withdrawn from Pennsylvania’s streams, as well as reduces the need for additional landfill space. 

Hydro Recovery has been at the forefront of helping the natural gas industry supply the United States with domestic natural gas in an environmentally responsible way.  Over 20 jobs have been created at Hydro Recovery’s Blossburg treatment facility, with dozens of additional jobs created in related sectors.  The company currently has its second water treatment plant under construction in Antrim, Tioga County, to treat liquid waste and AMD water, and is exploring additional new plants in Butler County, PA and in Ohio.

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About Hydro Recovery

Hydro Recovery LP is a manufacturer of Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid (HSF™) based in Blossburg, PA.  The plant treats residual wastewater from conventional an unconventional formations, including 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 LP is owned by DALK Land LP and Shaner Capital, LP.


About The Shaner Group

The Shaner Group is a privately held group of companies based in State College, PA, with over 2,500 employees that owns and manages a diverse portfolio of businesses that includes hotels, finance, investment management, venture capital and energy production. For more information about the Shaner Group, visit