January 14, 2011


WETM TV 18 

Blossburg, P. A. - Starting this spring, natural gas companies will be using less water from creeks and streams in Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

In a couple of months, a construction site on Route 15 in Blossburg, will be a waste water treatment plant.

Water trucks from natural gas companies will dump waste water from hydrofracking wells and the plant will recycle it.

No water from the plant will be discharged to local streams.

As a result, officials said gas companies won't have to draw millions of gallons of fresh water from streams or municipalities.

For many locals we spoke with, they welcome the production of the new plant.

"I don't have a problem with it. It's creates jobs for people. But as long as everything goes the way it is I don't see a problem with it" said Steve Eisenhower of Arnot.

"It's going to clean it up, that'd be fine, great" said Ron Weaver of Liberty.

On Friday, the company constructing the plant, Hydro Recovery LP showed the Tioga County Development Corporation and other members from the community their plans.

Once the water is cleaned with chemicals, it's ready to be reused at well sites for hydrofracking.

The whole process should take about an hour.

"Time is money for these gas companies. They pay $100 dollars an hour for trucking so anything we can do to step it up is very good, beneficial" said David Hedrick of Hydro Recovery.

The company, Hydro Recovery strategically located the plant within a 30 mile radius from the well pads so water trucks don't have to travel so far.

The plant is expected to create 12 to 15 technical jobs.  

The CEO of Tioga County's Development Corporation said the plant will create a lot of economic growth.

"It's just going to add to our economic base not only jobs, but the funds that are spent each day trucking cost things of that nature" said Robert Blair the CEO of Tioga County's Development Corporation.

As for the left over sludge, because of the chemicals used to treat the water, it will meet the DEP's requirements to be dumped in a landfill.

Its cost is approximately $12 million dollars to build the plant.

Five hundred thousand of that will be paid for by state aid.

Hydro Recovery will cover the rest.

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Reported by: Brittni Smallwood