April 20, 2011

Hydro Recovery Safely Treats Marcellus Shale Drilling Wastewater

The company will expedite its opening of the new plant in response to Governor Corbett’s opposition to treatment facilities that discharge treated frac water. 

Blossburg, PA – Officials from Hydro Recovery LP today reported that the Blossburg, Tioga County-based Marcellus Shale wastewater recycling treatment plant will expedite its commission date and is unaffected by Governor Tom Corbett’s call for Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operators to cease by May 19 delivering wastewater from shale gas extraction to 15 facilities that currently accept it under special provisions of last year’s Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) regulations.  Hydro Recovery does not discharge into the state’s waterways and is therefore exempt from Corbett’s call. 

Hydro Recovery owner Neil Hedrick said today “that the Hydro Recovery plant being built in Blossburg is on track for a mid May opening, and will be able to safely treat a substantial portion of the drilling wastewater now diverted from other facilities around the state.  Our innovative treatment process prevents the discharge of treated water into our waterways, thus abating any public fears or concerns about contaminants entering into the local watershed.  While this is a major setback for those companies who treat wastewater and release it into the environment, the new request has no negative repercussions to our plant and its planned opening.”

What we do prevents such discharges and safely treats the wastewater for reuse by the natural gas drilling industry,” Hedrick added.

Hydro Recovery’s new $12 million Blossburg plant will take wastewater from the Marcellus Shale drilling industry and turn it into a product called Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid (HSF™) for fracing future natural gas wells.  The state-of-the-art plant will employ over a dozen skilled, Pennsylvania technicians and reduce the amount of fresh groundwater used in the Shale drilling process, as well as reduce trucking and other environmental concerns for the growing natural gas industry in central and northern Pennsylvania.  Hedrick noted that “the Blossburg facility is the first of approximately 12 regional plants that we have planned for construction across the state as part of our overall growth plan.” 

The new plant is expected to begin operations by mid May and, when operating at full capacity, will be able to transform nearly 330,000 gallons of waste water a day into clean, reusable ‘hydraulic stimulation fluid’, or HSF™, for the drilling industry.  The plant will save nearly 100 million gallons of fresh water from withdrawal from streams and aquifers each year, while preventing the discharge of nearly 100 million pounds of dissolved solids (TDS) into rivers and streams. 

During groundbreaking ceremonies for the facility in 2010, former DEP Secretary John Hanger said “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 waters of the commonwealth," stated DEP Secretary Hanger. "Hydro Recovery is opening the door to a better future that enables Pennsylvania to utilize all of our resources in an effective and efficient way to protect our environment."

To learn more about Hydro and all of its products and services, please visit us on our website at www.HydroRecoveryLP.com, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.



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 LP is owned by DALK Land LP.