June 2, 2011

New Hydro Recovery Treatment Plant Begins Operations

Firm’s innovative frac water treatment process provides new jobs and conserves water resources

Blossburg, PA – Hydro Recovery LP has begun operations at its new frac water treatment plant in Blossburg, said company President Neil Hedrick, and almost a dozen new jobs have now been filled for plant operations.  Hydro Recovery’s patented process takes used frac water from Marcellus Shale drilling companies and cleans and recycles it into Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid (HSF™) for reuse in shale drilling.  The recycled fluid helps to reduce the amount of freshwater taken from area streams, thus preserving water resources throughout the Marcellus Shale Play.

“We are really excited about beginning operations,” said Hedrick, “as the demand for the type of product has grown considerably over the past few months.”  In late April PA Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Krancer requested that natural gas companies drilling in the Marcellus Shale stop taking wastewater to treatment facilities that did not meet the new discharge requirements and who were grandfathered-in to continue to do minimal treatment before discharging into the rivers and streams.  “The Secretary’s actions are intended to protect our waterways from any further degradation caused by frac water effluent, and that is really the basis for which our entire company and our cleansing process are all about – protecting our waterways.” 

Hedrick said Hydro Recovery has already entered into agreements with drilling companies to bring their drilling fluids, flowback, and production water to the Blossburg Facility.  Once treated, the resulting HSF is then shipped back to the drilling companies for reuse in new drilling and other operations.  “We hope to construct many more treatment facilities across the state to serve the needs of the Marcellus drilling industry, which by locating them near where the drilling sites are, will significantly reduce trucking and other impacts from drilling in the Marcellus region,” added Hedrick.

When operating at full capacity, Hydro’s new Tioga County plant will be able to transform over 330,000 gallons of frac water per day into clean, reusable HSF.  The plant’s operations will save an estimated 100 million gallons a year of freshwater from being withdrawn from area streams, aquifers and wells, as well as prevent 150 million pounds of dissolved solids from being discharged into area water supplies. 

The plant manager, Rick Warren, noted that the new plant means good paying jobs for area residents, with nearly a dozen employees now on staff and more hires planned for the future.  “Hydro Recovery is proud to be an economic generator for Tioga County, as well as playing an important role in preserving our precious water resources.”

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

For questions, please contact Teresa Irivn Copenhaver at (717) 343-9063.


 Hydro Recovery LP is a manufacturer of Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid (HSF™) based in Blossburg, PA.  The plant 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.