March 27, 2012

N. Tier frack water treatment plant to expand

6:30 PM, Mar. 27, 2012  


Pennsylvania officials have approved an expansion at Hydro Recovery LP, a hydraulic fracturing wastewater treatment facility in Blossburg, Tioga County.

The original Blossburg plant was built in 2010 for a cost of $11.5 million. The plant treats wastewater from the oil and gas drilling industry.

Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection has approved the company's request to recycle additional types of liquid wastes into treated brine water that can be re-used for hydraulic fracturing.

Treating and reusing the wastewater reduces the need for fresh water supplies and waste disposal through injection wells or landfilling, the company said in a prepared statement.

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

At full capacity, the Blossburg plant can treat 300,000 gallons of wastewater daily.

Hydro Recovery is owned by DALK Land LP, of Selinsgrove, Pa., and State College's Shaner Capital LP. The company is building its second water treatment plant in Antrim, also in Tioga County, and may add plants in Pennsylvania's Butler County and in Ohio.