January 13, 2011

January 13, 2011 - By CHERYL R. CLARKE cclarke@sungazette.com

WELLSBORO - State Sen. Joseph B. Scarnati III, R-Brockway, announced the release of $500,000 in state assistance to the Tioga County Development Corp. for the hydraulic stimulation fluid manufacturing facilities abatement project being constructed by Hydro Recovery LP in Blossburg.

The funding is being made available through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, which is intended to assist in the immediate creation of quality, family-sustaining jobs.

According to Tioga County Development Corp. President and CEO Robert J. Blair, the money is part of the overall $12 million project to recycle frack water.

"We are the grant administrator and the funds will go directly to the project. As they develop it and submit the invoices, they will be reimbursed for $500,000 of the costs," Blair said.

The grant application is due Friday, Blair said, and following a TCDC meeting Friday, during which executives from the company will give a presentation on the project, the TCDC board will take action to submit the application.

"We are basically the conduit and grant administrator for the funds. We are working with the borough of Blossburg which will adopt the municipal resolution for the funding next week.

"They will be explaining the whole process on Friday," Blair continued, speaking about the TCDC presentation. "The thing that is fascinating to me about the process, is it is completely confined, and all done in an enclosed area through piping, and after it is mixed with some fresh water and cleaned, it goes right back into another truck to be transported to the next project."

Ground was broken in the fall for the project, on about 10 acres of land next to Kwik Fill off Route 15. Blair said "where ever you can recycle frack water it reduces the amount of fresh water that has to be used for the process, and they are planning on some good sustainable jobs."

With the additional funding, there will be increased employment opportunities for dozens of citizens in this part of the commonwealth, Scarnati said.

"I am extremely pleased to be able to announce this assistance for our area. This project will help to promote economic development and assist in the overall job growth of the Tioga County area," Scarnati said. "This is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished when economic development groups partner with the state for the betterment of a region."

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program requires applicants to demonstrate they have secured non-state project funding as well.

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