December 21, 2011

Hydro Recovery, LP Breaks Ground for New Facility More Jobs Headed to Tioga County  

On Wednesday, November 9, 2011 Hydro Recovery, LP held a groundbreaking ceremony at the Antrim Acid Mine Drainage Treatment Plant, located in Duncan Township for a new, state of the art, water treatment facility.

According to Hydro Recovery, the new facility will treat acid mine drainage (AMD) water and will create a win-win scenario for the environment and the natural gas industry.  “When we first came up with the concept of Hydro Recovery over three years ago, our goal was not only to provide a service to the natural gas industry, but also to make a difference and provide environmentally friendly alternatives for the exploration of natural gas,” said Neil Hedrick, founder and a Manager of the General Partner of Hydro Recovery.   “Thanks to our customers and their stewardship of the Commonwealth’s water, we are proudly expanding.”  

Over 60 people turned out for the event which included contractors, vendors, clients, and elected officials. The Antrim plant will treat up to 720,000 gallons per day of polluted acid mine drainage water.  Natural gas companies will use the treated AMD in fracturing wells, minimizing the need for them to use fresh water.  

Like the Blossburg facility, this plant will also treat for 100% reuse drilling fluids and other wastewater from the exploration of natural gas.

Over a year ago, Hydro Recovery broke ground on its first manufacturing facility in Blossburg which began operations in June of this year.  The Antrim facility will be similar to the one they are operating in Blossburg.  The Blossburg plant has already created over 20 jobs and this new plant in Antrim will create an additional 20-30 good paying jobs.  Additional ancillary jobs will be created in the trucking, chemical and landfill businesses.  Hydro’s new Antrim plant is expected to begin operations by the second quarter of 2012.

When operating at full capacity, the plant will treat nearly 720,000 gallons of AMD water per day to be used by natural gas companies in fracturing wells.  It will then use the byproduct from that treatment as a key component in its process to transform nearly 330,000 gallons of wastewater a day into clean, reusable ‘hydraulic stimulation fluid’, or HSF™, for the drilling industry.    

In October, Tioga County Development Corporation was awarded a $500,000 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program Grant. The total project cost is estimated at $15 Million.  

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