Duncan Township, Pa. - More jobs are coming to Tioga County, Pennsylvania.
Ground was broken today for a new water treatment facility to be used by the natural gas industry.
The sound of a stream on a beautiful fall afternoon is actually acid mine drainage water, or A.M.D.
An abandoned mine along state route 3009 in duncan township is actually spewing this polluted water.
But now, a company called hydro recovery is going to give new life to the water.
"We're going to utilize new technology and clean this water, actually cleaner than drinking water so it can be used in the gas well industry," said Neil Hedrick, founder of Hydro Recovery.
The company will provide treated water to the natural gas industry.
Gas companies thousands of gallons of fresh water each day in their hydrofracking process.
Officials say this will reduce the gas industry's need to use fresh water.
The plant will treat nearly 720,000 gallons of acid mine drainage water each day. officials say that's 500 gallons every minute.
"There's a lot of water needed for the natural gas industry so it's a perfect partnership to treat much more of the acid mine drainage problem," stated John Stefanko, DEP, Deputy Secretary.
But this plant will not only help the environment, it will also boost the local economy.
Officials say more than twenty new jobs will be created.
"It's going to save money, it's going to save the environment. At least 100-million gallons of water will be spared from being removed from streams so it's definitely a win win situation," said Matt Baker (R), Pennsylvania State Representative.
Hedrick says the plant will cost $16 million dollars.