FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 21, 2010
Blossburg Plant Groundbreaking
INNOVATIVE NEW MANUFACTURING PLANT PROVIDES ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVE FOR MARCELLUS SHALE INDUSTRY
New Blossburg Hydro Recovery Plant provides Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid for the natural gas drilling process, protecting freshwater sources
Blossburg, PA – The preservation of the midstate’s fresh water supply was substantially enhanced today as officials from Hydro Recovery LP (Hydro) conducted groundbreaking ceremonies for a new, $11.5 million manufacturing plant that 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. Additional ancillary jobs will be created in the trucking, chemical and landfill businesses.
Hydro Recovery LP is owned by DALK Land LP, of Blossburg, PA. The firm’s president is Neil Hedrick, who 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. We intend to locate these facilities close to where they are needed so as to reduce the impacts of transportation and other costs.”
Hawbaker Engineering is serving as the Design – Builder Contractor for the project, with support from Kaufman Engineering, Siemens Water Technologies, Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. and G.M. McCrossin, Inc. M&T Bank is providing financing for the project.
Hydro’s new Tioga County plant is expected to begin operations by April 2011 and, when operating at full capacity, will be able to transform nearly 300,000 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.
"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."
Hydro’s innovative process, developed in conjunction with Siemens Water Technologies, substantially reduces harmful contaminates from so called “frac water” and enables drillers to reuse the water. The “treated” water is processed into a product with specific parameters and then returned back to the drilling companies for future drilling. By turning the dirty water into a product to be beneficially used, it cuts the amount of fresh water needed for the drilling process while also providing maximum protection for the gas reservoir. Hydro Recovery is a ZERO discharge process that does not discharge treated waste water into the waterways, thereby helping to protect watersheds from additional pollution.
“Seneca Resources looks forward to the unique opportunities Hydro Recovery is providing to the region in terms of flowback and production water management,” said Douglas A. Kepler, Manager – Regulatory and Facility Planning of Seneca Resources. “Hydro has been working with us and other companies in the industry to provide the type and level of treatment necessary to meet completion needs. We look forward to working with Hydro in the future” he said.
To learn more about Hydro, 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.