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HYDRO RECOVERY LP NAMED 2013 WATER MANAGEMENT COMPANY OF THE YEAR BY NORTHEAST OIL & GAS; PREPARES FOR FURTHER EXPANSION UNDER REORGANIZED OWNERSHIP

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Private Equity Firm Shaner Capital LP Expands Investment in Fast-Growing Company

 Pictured Left to Right: Oil & Gas Awards Chairman Daniel Creasey,
and Hydro Recovery’s Teresa Irvin McCurdy and Chris Wunz, COO

Blossburg, Penn. – March 28, 2014 – Hydro Recovery LP, a leading provider of wastewater treatment and management services to the natural gas industry, today announced that it has been recognized as the 2013 Water Management Company of the Year by the Northeast Oil & Gas organization, an industry group dedicated to fostering advances in environmental stewardship, innovation, corporate social responsibility and health and safety across the oil and gas industry.

During the second annual Northeast Oil & Gas Awards Gala held in Pittsburgh on March 20, 2014, Hydro Recovery LP was recognized for its clean, safe and efficient water handling, treatment and disposal of wastewater used in natural gas exploration. According to the judges’ panel, Hydro Recovery LP, “exemplifies the judging criteria of safe, clean and efficient water handling, treatment and disposal while accomplishing conscientious water use and the minimization of environmental impacts. As the original permittee of Pennsylvania’s waste management permit which set treatment standards for centralized treatment facilities Hydro Recovery is very involved externally, serving as a liaison between industry and governmental regulators and the company’s clients.”

Chris Wunz, Chief Operating Officer of Hydro Recovery LP, said the company was “honored to receive such a prestigious award on behalf of the owners and its hard-working employees, who have played a significant role in achieving the successes cited by the judges’ panel.  Since the company first began operations in June of 2011 we have endeavored to meet ever-changing industry needs in an environmentally responsible manner by working across the industry to help address important issues,” he added.

Hydro Recovery LP’s portfolio of solutions include:

  • Centralized storage solutions for clients to reduce their need to store water within in-ground impoundments or hundreds of “frac tanks” sitting in multiple locations, thereby reducing environmental liability;
  • Disposal through recycling options with no surface discharge.  Instead, Hydro Recovery provides treated water brought in for disposal to other active operators for reuse;
  • High solids liquid waste treatment and reclamation of entrained water for reuse, which is a more economic and environmentally responsible solution than bulking for disposal at landfills; and
  • Logistics and inventory management service in which Hydro provides the transportation and treatment for reuse or disposal through recycling.

“This Award validates our company’s core beliefs and demonstrates our growing leadership in the industry,” Wunz said.  “Our continued success will be driven by our continued ability to grow and be innovative.” 

Hydro Recovery Prepares for Expansion Under Reorganized Ownership

After making the award announcement, Wunz went on to announce that private investment firm Shaner Capital LP has acquired the shares of the family-owned business DALK Land LP, founded by Neil Hedrick, who originally formed Hydro Recovery in 2008. 

“Over the past few years, there have been significant changes within the natural gas industry and Hydro Recovery continues to innovate to meet those needs,” said Eddie Lauth, President and CEO of Shaner Capital LP “The change in ownership and investment by Shaner Capital LP will open up new opportunities for the company to continue its innovation and expansion across the state in places such as Washington, Bradford, Susquehanna and Elk Counties.”

Shaner Capital LP is a private investment fund formed by Lance T. Shaner, CEO of The Shaner Group, in 2010.  The objective of Shaner Capital LP is to help well-run, innovative companies grow and expand their businesses.  Shaner Capital LP holds controlling interests in numerous energy-related operating companies.   Mr. Shaner also founded PennTex Resources in 1996, which later became Rex Energy, and served as Chairman and CEO of the company until 2007.  Mr. Shaner continues to serve as Chairman of the Board of Rex Energy. 

For more information on the Northeast Oil and Gas organization and its awards program, visit www.oilandgasawards.com

About Hydro Recovery LP

Hydro Recovery LP (Hydro) is a zero liquid discharge oil and gas liquid wastewater treatment provider, specializing in disposal through recycling, dedicated storage, water sourcing, high solids and friction reducer treatment and wastewater management services to the natural gas industry. The leadership team’s goal is to work with the natural gas industry to provide economic and environmentally friendly solutions to perhaps the number one issue in the exploration of natural gas – WATER!  Hydro Recovery LP is owned by The Shaner Group.To learn more about Hydro Recovery LP, please visit us on our website at www.HydroRecoveryLP.com, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About the Shaner Group and Shaner Capital LP

State College, Pennsylvania – based Shaner Group is a privately held group of companies with over 2,500 employees that owns and manages a diverse portfolio of businesses engaged in hotels, hotel finance, investment management, venture capital and energy production.  For more information about the Shaner Group and Shaner Capital LP, visit www.shanercorp.com or www.shanercapital.com

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Teresa Irvin McCurdy
Business Development, Government and Public Relations Manager
717-329-6402
Teresa.McCurdy@HydroRecoveryLP.com
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<![CDATA[Hydro Recovery, LP Receives 2013 Best of Business Award]]> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hydro Recovery, LP Receives 2013 Best of Business Award

PHOENIX, December, 16th 2013, Hydro Recovery, LP has been selected for the 2013 Best of Business Award.

Being in business sets people apart from most ordinary people and the Small Business Community is dedicated to helping others understand that running a business is an obtainable goal and that everyone should try their best at living their dreams.

The Small Business Community recognizes and awards business owners because they often do not receive the recognition they deserve. Business owners are role models for everyone whether they know it or not. Small Business Community 2013 Best of Business Award holders are a valuable asset to their community and exemplify what makes small businesses great.

About Hydro Recovery, LP

Hydro Recovery LP (Hydro) is a manufacturer of Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid (HSF). The process utilizes high total dissolved solids fluids (HTDSF), which are classified as a residual waste, to process it into a reusable HSF product. HTDSF (oil and gas liquid waste) is generated during the natural gas exploration and production activities and is commonly referred to as drilling fluids, "frac water," "flowback water," or "production water."

About Small Business Community

The Small Business Community Association is dedicated to collecting and organizing information, training, and services that are vital to small business owners, entrepreneurs, and anyone else that needs help running a business, operating a business, or wants to know how to start a business.

The mission of the Small Business Community is to promote a vibrant and growing small business community, support education that will preserve and extend the future of small business and use our gifts within the small business community to serve others for the betterment of our world.

The Small Business Community vision is to enthusiastically advance small businesses in three key areas:

  1. Growth-- To assure a vibrant and growing small business community, our goal is to introduce, engage and mature the next generation of small business owners.
  2. Advocacy--We feel it is fundamental to support education and action outside the small business community that will preserve and extend the future of small businesses.
  3. Compassion--We believe it is essential that we use our gifts within the small business community to serve others for the betterment of our communities and world.

SOURCE: Small Business Community / FTM Marketing

CONTACT:
FTM Marketing, Inc.
Email: Press@smallbusinesscommunity.org
URL: http://smallbusinesscommunity.org

 

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<![CDATA[Hydro Recovery expansion to begin in Tioga County]]> 

Hydro Recovery expansion to begin in Tioga County

May 12, 2012
By CHERYL R. CLARKE - cclarke@sungazette.com , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

BLOSSBURG - Hydro-Recovery, a natural gas frack water treatment plant here, is getting ready to begin a $15 million physical expansion, once the land development plans are complete, company officials told members of the Tioga County Development Corp. Friday.

Theresa Copenhaver and David Hedrick attended TCDC's "on the road" meeting, held at the Bloss Fire Hall, and told directors that, following the purchase of property adjacent to its facility on Old Route 15 south, it will start as soon as possible to construct a "crystalizer and six 500,000 gallon storage tanks," to better serve its customers drilling in the lucrative Marcellus Shale natural gas play.

According to Hedrick, the crystalizer will be used to make other products, such as road salt and other industrial salts from the used brine water that is no longer recyclable, in accord with a new permit being developed by the state Department of Environmental Protection to allow brine to be "de-wasted" and used to make the salt products.

"We are hoping to have that up in 12-13 months," he added.

In addition to making hydraulic stimulation fluid from recycled frack water, the company recently expanded its treatment operations to include oil and gas liquid and pipeline construction mud, as gas pipeline is going in around the region.

The Blossburg facility also is getting ready to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, "because that is what our customers want," Copenhaver said.

The plant employs 25 people, with 10 new hires, and once the new section is constructed it will hire 20 to 25 more, she said.

In addition to the expansion at the Blossburg facility, Hydro-Recovery is constructing a $10 million acid mine drainage water treatment plant in Antrim that will employ another 20 more people, Hedrick said.

Plans are to create hydro stimulation fluid from the acid mine drainage water gushing from abandoned coal mines in the hills around Blossburg. The low price gas drillers are getting for their product, around $2 per 1,000 cubic feet, is cost-prohibitive for drillers to purchase treated water when they can draw it from local fresh water sources for much less, Copenhaver said.

She added she is hopeful the price will come back up soon, making their treated acid mine drainage water more attractive to drillers.

According to Hedrick, a Susquehanna River Basin Commission rule soon may take effect will "incentivize" drillers to use water from a "disadvantages sources," such as acid mine drainage, rather than fresh water from the county's rivers and streams, by making them prove why they need to use fresh water rather than disadvantaged sources.

"Right now it is a matter of economics," Copenhaver said.

About 8 million gallons of treated acid mine drainage water will be stored in freshwater impoundments at Antrim and an additional 3 million gallons of brine at Bloss, Hedrick added, supplying the freshwater through pipelines to well sites throughout the county.

"That will help keep trucks off the road," he said.

In response to a question from borough council President Tom Bogaczyk regarding air quality testing above all the open tanks at the Blossburg plant, Hedrick said once the crystalizer goes online air quality testing will be required by the Department of Environmental Protection.

The Natural Gas impact fee may provide some money for projects related to acid mine drainage, Tioga County Commissioner Roger Bunn noted, but any fee money likely will not be available until next year, Copenhaver said.

 

 

http://www.sungazette.com/page/content.detail/id/578217/Hydro-Recovery-expansion-to-begin-in-Tioga-County.html

 

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<![CDATA[Speakers slam health care law, big government]]> Speakers slam health care law, big government
April 6, 2012
By CHERYL R. CLARKE - cclarke@sungazette.com , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

WELLSBORO - Health care, the natural gas industry and the impact of its development on employment in the Northern Tier were the hot topics at the 16th annual Legislative Breakfast Thursday.

Three legislators addressed those at the breakfast, sponsored by the Tioga County Development Corp.

U.S. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Howard, began by comparing the economy to a horse race, small business to the horse and government to the jockey on the horse's back.

"If the jockey ever gets bigger than the horse, then the race is over," he said. "This is what is crushing our true economic engine, our small businesses."

President Barack Obama's health care reform bill, currently being debated by the Supreme Court is one thing Thompson said is hanging over the heads of small business owners.

"The vast majority of the American people know that the president's health care bill is full of unkept promises," he added.

"Including his promise that every family's health care premiums would decrease by $2,500 a year, instead, they have increased on average since 2008 by about $2,215 per year."

In 2008, average health care premiums were $12,860, and three years later they are $15,073, according to the Kaiser Foundation, he said.

"We want to give control back to the patients, not a politician, not a bureaucrat," he said.

Thompson also discussed the ongoing work being done on unemployment insurance laws, including the need, he said to "transform it to a workforce training program," requiring drug testing and proof that a recipient is actively looking for a job, as well as welfare reform.

"People who were using their ACCESS cards at ATMs, strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos; that is now against federal law," he said.

State Sen. Joe Scarnati, R-Brockway, talked about the natural gas impact fee that he authored last year and was signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett this year.

The impact fee will bring dollars back to the local communities directly impacted negatively by the natural gas industry, but he reminded the audience that the industry has done much good for the region.

"With this comprehensive shale bill, we have brought consistency to Pennsylvania and predictability," he added.

He acknowledged that there will always be those opposed to the extraction of fuel from the ground in any form, but said the industry promises to be the engine to the region's economic revival.

Shell has announced it will build a "cracker plant" providing 10,000 jobs near Pittsburgh, that will help create more jobs in other parts of the state, including here, such as the Hydro-Recovery natural gas frack water treatment plants in Blossburg and Antrim, Scarnati said.

He also talked about education and how to best invest the dollars available for it.

"When I look at the terrible waste in the Philadelphia school districts, it affects your school districts here in Tioga County. You get less money," he said.

If a school district continually fails a student, parents should be empowered to make decisions on where their children go to avoid that failure, he added.

"These kids drop out of school, get into criminal activity, get into the corrections system, and if you don't think that costs a lot of money, think again," he said.

We are spending almost $2 billion a year now, $32,000 per year per prisoner. We have to have a conversation, should we put those individuals for substance abuse in jail, or do we treat them?"

Government pensions, Scarnati said, will require an "explosive amount of money from taxpayers that we will not be able to sustain. We have to figure out how to do it. It is an elephant in the room, and will continue to suck every dollar out of state government, along with corrections and welfare. Instead of investing in roads, bridges and communities, we are putting money into a black hole," he said.

State Rep. Matthew E. Baker, R-Wellsboro, lauded Mansfield University for "rolling out the Marcellus Institute," which will help create a better trained workforce for the natural gas industry.

The state's Keystone Opportunity Zone program was expanded this year, he said, which directly led to Shell deciding to put its cracker plant in Pennsylvania instead of Ohio or West Virginia.

"This billion dollar plant will help transform the economic landscape in the Commonwealth," he said.

According to the governors office, Baker said, there have been 23,872 new jobs created in the core natural gas industry in the second quarter of 2011 as well as 205,575 employees in ancillary industries.

There were 123,441 new hires from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the fourth quarter of 2011, he added.

The average salary for core industry workers is $79,918, for ancillary workers it is $63,155, and across all other industries it is $47,000.

"We now have the lowest unemployment rate, we are basically at full employment," he said.

The state average unemployment rate is 7.6 percent and Tioga and Bradford counties are lower than that, he said.

The Williamsport metropolitan statistical area showed a GDP growth rate of 7.8 percent which is the seventh highest in the nation, Baker said.

"When you look at what is going on here with the Marcellus Shale industry, we will be leading the nation very soon if we keep going down this path," he added.

State and local taxes collected are over $1.2 billion, he said, contributing to supporting 140,000 jobs, not to mention the $1.6 billion in lease and bonus payments paid to landowners.

"If we didn't have this industry, we would be in sorry shape," Baker said.

Marcellus Shale gas production could reach 176 cubic feet per day by 2020, second only to Texas, he added. "In 10 years, some experts believe we could surpass Texas" in natural gas extraction, he said. "It is important we understand how significant this is. Tioga County has over 800 wells and Bradford County has over 1,000. Combined with Lycoming, we have over 55 percent of all the wells in the Marcellus formation."

 

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<![CDATA[Casey: Water Recycling Plant Could Bring Jobs to Butler County]]> Casey: Water Recycling Plant Could Bring Jobs to Butler County

In Letter, Senator Urges PA Company to Expand in Butler County

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) urged Hydro Recovery LP to choose Butler County as a site for a water recycling facility to aid in the development of Pennsylvania’s natural gas resources.  Recent reports indicate that Hydro Recovery is considering Butler County as a possible site for a plant, which would directly create jobs in the County and spur further job creation in Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry.

“Because of its natural resources, existing infrastructure and proximity to a strong workforce, Butler County is the ideal site for a new water treatment facility,” said Senator Casey. “I urge Hydro Recovery to strongly consider Butler County, and I stand ready to assist in any way possible to spur job creation in southwestern Pennsylvania.”

The plant Hydro Recovery is considering building in Butler County would recycle wastewater from the oil and gas industry so it could be reused to extract natural gas from the Marcellus Shale reserves, helping drillers extract less fresh water from Pennsylvania’s rivers and reservoirs.

Senator Casey’s full letter to Hydro Recovery President and CEO Eddie Lauth is below:

Mr. Eddie Lauth

President and CEO

Hydro Recovery, LLP

7 Riverside Plaza

PO Box 22

Blossburg, PA 16912

Dear Mr. Lauth,

It is my understanding that Hydro Recovery is strongly considering expanding into the southwestern Pennsylvania market, specifically in Butler County.  Because of its natural resources, existing infrastructure and proximity to a strong workforce, Butler County is the ideal site for a new water treatment facility. The construction and operation of a new facility in southwestern Pennsylvania would meet the needs of the natural gas industry and stimulate economic growth.  The purpose of this letter is to encourage you to move forward with the development of this new facility.

I have been advised that Hydro Recovery provides new technology which enables customers to treat and reuse waste water resulting from the hydraulic fracturing process.  Accordingly, with the increased reuse of waste water, the demands on Pennsylvania’s natural water resources are decreased.  Even though natural gas drilling operators receive the majority of public attention when it comes to the economic benefits of Marcellus Shale development, ancillary businesses such as Hydro Recovery are creating good paying jobs.  Additionally, I would like to applaud Hydro Recovery for its investment in other areas of Pennsylvania, including Tioga and Bradford Counties.

I strongly urge Hydro Recovery to consider Butler County, and I stand ready to assist in any way possible to spur job creation in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Sincerely,

Robert P. Casey, Jr.

United States Senator

 

http://www.casey.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/?id=dddbeec8-d1d8-4f6b-940a-7d104a2bc246

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<![CDATA[Expanded liquid waste treatment options OKd]]> Expanded liquid waste treatment options OK’d
March 28, 2012
By CHERYL R. CLARKE - cclarke@sungazette.com , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

BLOSSBURG - Hydro Recovery LP now can treat additional wastewater from the oil and gas industry, thanks to a recent approval by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The approval will allow additional types of liquid waste such as boring fluids and hydrostatic fluids to be recycled into treated brine water that the industry can reuse for hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale, thus reducing the need for fresh water supplies and for waste disposal through injection wells or land filling, said Teresa Copenhaver, business development manager.

Boring fluids - the muddy water created during the laying of collection pipeline - and hydrostatic fluids - the result of pipeline testing - contain some solids but no chemicals, she said.

"We had asked if we could amend our general permit to take additional fluids and from there, they agreed to expand it even more," Copenhaver said.

The timing for the expansion coincides with Hydro Recovery's plans to put in additional storage tanks and a crystalizer at its Blossburg plant, she added.

"The new equipment will allow us to have the distilled water that comes off stored there and used for other purposes where distilled water may be needed," she said.

It also will allow Hydro Recovery to dispose of whatever small amount of solids are left over after everything that can be used is extracted from the drilling fluids.

"Hopefully the processes will create a salt that can be used someplace else and then there will be a small amount of solid to go to landfills," she said.

Though there is no estimate on how much it will increase truck traffic at the plant, Copenhaver said the companies it deals with are "pleased to see those changes because they were currently left with not a lot of other options."

"Depending on what they are doing it could mean quite a bit of fluids, but it won't be every single day," she said.

Last June, Hydro Recovery began taking wastewater from the exploration and production of Marcellus Shale natural gas and turning it into Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid for use in fracturing Marcellus Shale gas wells at its Blossburg facility. The move created more than 20 jobs with dozens of additional jobs created in related sectors.

The company has its second water treatment plant under construction in Antrim to treat liquid waste and acid mine drainage water, and is exploring additional new plants in Butler County and Ohio.

To learn more about Hydro Recovery, visitwww.HydroRecoveryLP.com, and follow it on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

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<![CDATA[N. Tier frack water treatment plant to expand]]> 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.

 

http://www.stargazette.com/article/20120327/BUSINESS/203270346/N-Tier-frack-water-treatment-plant-expand?odyssey=nav%7Chead

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<![CDATA[PA DEP Issues Revised General Permit for Gas Wastewater Processing Facilities]]> SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

PA DEP Issues Revised General Permit for Gas Wastewater Processing Facilities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection today announced it will publish in this week's Pennsylvania Bulletin a revised general permit for the processing and beneficial use of liquid waste from oil and gas well sites.

"This permit encourages recycling of wastewater by providing regulatory clarity, consistency and predictability," said DEP Secretary Mike Krancer. "This permit replaces three existing general permits, which will improve efficiency and better protect our waterways."

The revised Residual Waste Beneficial Use general permit (WMGR123) encourages using the closed-loop process, which is the reuse of liquid waste after it has been treated or processed. In this case, the liquid waste includes brine, flowback water, drilling muds and stormwater.

The permit applies to oil and gas sites and other related infrastructure. This kind of reuse minimizes water withdrawals and impacts on Pennsylvania's valuable water resources.

The revised permit consolidates into one -- and renders redundant -- three existing general permits, WMGR119, WMGR121 and WMGR123.

The revised permit also establishes water quality criteria that, if met, allow the processed water to be managed, stored and transported as freshwater. Facilities will test regularly for 39 constituents, including strontium, barium, total dissolved solids and radiation, in order to demonstrate that the processed wastewater meets the freshwater criteria. The criteria are based on drinking water standards and in-stream water quality standards. The permit specifies that the processed wastewater may only be used to develop or hydraulically fracture an oil or gas well.

Wastewater that does not meet the freshwater criteria must continue to be managed, stored and transported as residual waste, a classification of industrial waste. Storage of such waste must take place in tanks or impoundment pits that use liners, leak detection monitoring and other measures to contain any spills, leaks or overflows.

There are 10 facilities operating under the prior general permits for processing and beneficially using oil and gas wastewater. These facilities will continue to operate under the new permit. Ten additional facilities have pending permit applications with DEP.

The agency published a draft version of this permit for public comment in August 2011. The revised permit was developed after considering approximately 80 comments submitted in response.

For more information, visit www.dep.state.pa.us or call 717-787-7381.

Media contact: Kevin Sunday, 717-787-1323

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<![CDATA[Hydro Recovery Expands Liquid Waste Treatment Options]]> CONTACT:                                                                                       FOR IMMEDIATE USE:

Teresa Irvin Copenhaver                                                                                       March 21, 2012

Business Development Manager

717-343-9063

Teresa.Copenhaver@HydroRecoveryLP.com

 

Hydro Recovery Expands Liquid Waste Treatment Options 

PA Department of Environmental Protection approves treatment of additional fluids by innovative Blossburg, PA based company

Blossburg, PA – The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved Hydro Recovery LP’s planned expansion into the treatment of additional wastewater streams from the oil and gas industry.   This expansion will allow additional types of liquid waste to be recycled into treated brine water that the industry can reuse for hydraulic fracturing, thus reducing the need for fresh water supplies and reducing the need for waste disposal through injection wells or landfilling.

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

Last June, Hydro Recovery began taking wastewater from the exploration and production of Marcellus Shale natural gas and turning it into Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid (HSF™) for use in fracturing Marcellus Shale gas wells.  Recognizing the need to treat additional types of wastewater, Hydro Recovery worked with DEP officials over the past year to gain approval to treat additional types of oil and gas liquid waste from both conventional and unconventional oil and gas exploration and production.  Hydro Recovery was the original applicant that developed the Residual Waste General Use Permit WMGR123 and then continued to work with DEP on newly revised WMGR123. 

Boring fluids are one example of Hydro Recovery’s treatment expansion.   When installing pipelines, natural gas companies sometimes have to bore a hole under a stream or road which may produce muddy water requiring disposal.  Prior to the recent treatment expansion, the muddy water would either be applied to land, or under certain circumstances would be combined with bulking agent additives to solidify it before taking it to a landfill.  Now companies can bring their boring fluids to Hydro Recovery, where it is treated for reuse.  This is just one example of how Hydro’s innovative recycling technology and treatment process helps save millions of gallons of freshwater from being withdrawn from Pennsylvania’s streams, as well as reduces the need for additional landfill space. 

Hydro Recovery has been at the forefront of helping the natural gas industry supply the United States with domestic natural gas in an environmentally responsible way.  Over 20 jobs have been created at Hydro Recovery’s Blossburg treatment facility, with dozens of additional jobs created in related sectors.  The company currently has its second water treatment plant under construction in Antrim, Tioga County, to treat liquid waste and AMD water, and is exploring additional new plants in Butler County, PA and in Ohio.

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

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About Hydro Recovery

Hydro Recovery LP is a manufacturer of Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid (HSF™) based in Blossburg, PA.  The plant treats residual wastewater from conventional an unconventional formations, including 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 and Shaner Capital, LP.

 

About The Shaner Group

The Shaner Group is a privately held group of companies based in State College, PA, with over 2,500 employees that owns and manages a diverse portfolio of businesses that includes hotels, finance, investment management, venture capital and energy production. For more information about the Shaner Group, visit www.shanercorp.com.

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<![CDATA[Happy Holidays from Hydro Recovery LP]]> Wishing you and your family Season's Greetings and Happy New Year!]]> Fri, 23 Dec 2011 09:41:00 PST http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=happy-holidays-from-hydro-recovery http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=happy-holidays-from-hydro-recovery http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=happy-holidays-from-hydro-recovery <![CDATA[Tioga County Development Corporation Newsletter - features Hydro-Antrim Groundbreaking]]> 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.  

To view the full newsletter with photos click on the link - http://www.tcdc-pa.com/upload/NEWSLETTER%20DEC%202011.pdf

 

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<![CDATA[Planning Commission approves fracking water treatment plant]]> Planning Commission approves fracking water treatment plant

 

 

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Review Photo/JAMES LOEWENSTEIN David Hedrick of Hydro Recovery-Bradford LP, at left, and Eric Kann of Hawbaker Engineering address the Bradford County Planning Commission on Tuesday.

NORTH TOWANDA TOWNSHIP - The Bradford County Planning Commission on Tuesday approved construction of Hydro Recovery-Bradford LP's proposed plant in Standing Stone Township, which would treat and recycle various kinds of residual waste from gas drilling sites, including flow-back water from fracking.

The approval is conditioned on Hydro Recovery addressing 12 issues raised by an engineering firm hired by the county. The commission gave Hydro Recovery 90 days to meet the conditions, which include providing a long-term maintenance plan for on-site storm water management control measures, providing a map showing the location of current and planned utility lines, and providing copies of approvals from other government agencies.

The plant would process up to 300,000 gallons per day of residual wastes from gas well sites, such as flowback water from hydraulic fracturing, said David Hedrick, a project manager with Hydro Recovery.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Standing Stone resident Sylvia Ellis spoke in favor of the construction of the plant. saying it would bring in needed tax revenue to the township.

"We need something to offset the (small) size of our tax base in Standing Stone Township," Ellis said.

"There would be more radiation from a cell phone than from this plant," Ellis also said. "(Based on what a Hydro Recovery official said), the radiation won't even go through a piece of paper."

Jack Coates, chairman of the Standing Stone Township Planning Commission, also spoke in favor of the plant, saying, "I have no issue with this plant. I think it can help not just the township, but the Bradford County and the area."

Several other Standing Stone residents at the meeting also said they were in favor of the plant, although two township residents said they were opposed to the plant.

The vote by the commission to approve the plant was unanimous.

At the beginning of the meeting, Jonathan Foster, the solicitor for the Planning Commission, said the commission is limited in its role for approving a project.

He said the commission does not evaluate whether a proposed use "is good or bad," but on the impacts it will have on a particular property.

The plant will process not just flowback water from hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, but "production water" from a gas well, which would be the water that flows back out of a gas well after the bulk of the "flow-back" water has come out of the well, Hedrick said in an interview after the meeting.

Production water is water that flows back out of a well "after the first 20 days," he said.

The plant would also treat water-based drilling fluids, he said.

He said the plant would not have air discharges and would not have liquid discharges.

One township resident, Lisa Zwally-Miller said at the meeting that she will have to move her family away from the plant.

"I will not have them living where a highly polluted plant is going up. I don't care what anybody says," Zwally-Miller said.

Standing Stone resident Diane Ward said the plant's open-topped tanks for storing flow-back fluid from fracking would be a source of air pollution.

Noting that a nest for American bald eagles exists on an island in the Susquehanna River in Standing Stone Township, Ward said: "Will the vapors coming off the open tanks bring our elegant bald eagles down to a sudden watery grave? Will they drink of the radioactive and chemically laden water contained (in the tanks)?"

Before construction of the plant begins, Hydro Recovery will need a permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, a highway occupancy permit from the state Department of Transportation, and a permit from the Bradford County Conservation District, Hydro Recovery officials said.

The plant would be located off U.S. Route 6, west of the township's municipal building.

One member of the Planning Commission said he was concerned that the access road would be narrowed down from 24 feet to 20 feet in an area where it passes through wetlands on the land where the plant would be constructed, saying the narrow width could cause a collision between water tanker trucks.

But Hedrick said that section of the access road would have a posted speed limit of 5 mph. He said the DEP is requiring the narrowing of the road to preserve the wetlands.

Hydro Recovery currently operates a similar treatment facility in Blossburg, Hedrick said.

James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or email: jloewenstein@thedailyreview.com.

http://thedailyreview.com/news/planning-commission-approves-fracking-water-treatment-plant-1.1247554

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<![CDATA[Marcellus Shale wastewater recycling company targets southwestern PA]]> Marcellus Shale wastewater recycling company targets southwestern PA
Date: Friday, December 9, 2011, 6:00am EST


Premium content from Pittsburgh Business Times by Anya Litvak, Reporter 

Fresh off a facility groundbreaking in Tioga County, Blossburg-based Hydro Recovery LP is mulling a move into southwestern Pennsylvania.

The Marcellus Shale wastewater recycling company is probing the market in Belle Vernon, Washington County, and Freeport, Butler County.

Hydro Recovery previously considered two locations for possible water treatment plants in Fayette County, but shifted its focus to Washington and Butler because there was more interest there, said Teresa Irvin Copenhaver, business development manager.

Stationary Marcellus water treatment plants allow gas well operators to truck or pipe their flowback and drilling water for treatment there. Zero liquid discharge plants, such as Hydro Recovery’s $12 million existing facility in Blossburg, then return the treated water back to the drillers for use in future operations.

While many such plants charge operators to drop off their water and require them to pick up the treated product, Hydro Recovery flips the formula. It sells the treated water as a patented product to drillers and, in exchange, accepts their wastewater for free.

Copenhaver couldn’t pin down a time line for negotiating a plant in this region. That will depend on market dynamics, she said.

Hydro Recovery is in talks with a Butler County operator looking for frac water recycling options close to its well sites, she said, declining to name the firm. According to DEP records, REX Energy is the most active operator in Butler County, followed by Phillips Exploration Inc.

A southwestern Pennsylvania facility may not rise to the capital cost of the Blossburg plant, Copenhaver said, especially if it’s tailored to one company’s needs.

“It’s really going to depend on where our market research develops,” she said.

Hydro Recovery also is working to build plants in Bradford and Clearfield counties, an effort that’s ahead of its southwestern Pennsylvania pursuits.

Last month, it broke ground on another facility in Antrim, Tioga County, which is scheduled to be operational by mid-2012. The plant also will treat 720,000 gallons of acid mine drainage water per day, which will then be sold to Marcellus operators to diminish their need for withdrawals from Pennsylvania water bodies. The practice of using treated acid mine drainage received a public endorsement last month from DEP Secretary Michael Krancer.

Copenhaver said Hydro Recovery is hoping to incorporate acid mine treatment in future facilities as well, but that will depend on economics. Getting water withdrawal permits in southwestern Pennsylvania is said to be easier than in the Susquehanna River Basin, for example, so paying more for treated acid mine drainage may not be a compelling proposition locally.

WATER MARKET

The frac water recycling market in this region isn’t exactly bursting at the seams, said Anthony Cialella, vice president of energy services with New Castle-based Advanced Waste Services PA.

Advanced Waste was treating Marcellus flowback and discharging it to Pennsylvania waters under a DEP permit before the state asked drillers to suspend taking frac water to such plants in April. Since then, the company has worked to get a treatment and recycling permit, where all treated frac water would be taken away by operators for use in future operations. It secured the permit less than two months ago, but hasn’t been able to wedge itself back into the frac water treatment business yet, Cialella said, because of the abundance of other options.

“Western Pennsylvania is a completely different economy than central Pennsylvania,” he said. “There’s not only other plants that can treat water for reuse, (and) not only are the producers doing that on site, but also there are injection wells in Ohio.”

Range Resources, one of the most active operators in southwestern Pennsylvania, treats the vast majority of its flowback water on site, but does truck some of its drilling water to a plant in New Castle.

“If someone were to construct a facility close to our core operating area in Washington County, we would take a serious look at it,” said spokesman Matt Pitzarella. “Every hour we eliminate from water being hauled on the road saves us about $1 per gallon, which adds up.”

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/print-edition/2011/12/09/marcellus-shale-wastewater-recycling-co.html

 

Anya Litvak covers energy, transportation, gaming and accounting. Contact her atalitvak@bizjournals.com or (412) 208-3824. 

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<![CDATA[Shaner invests in facilities]]> Shaner invests in facilities

By Cliff White — State College - Centre Daily Times

Posted: 12:01am on Nov 26, 2011; Modified: 11:44am on Nov 29, 2011

Centre County’s gas magnate, Lance Shaner, has doubled down his bet on the Marcellus Shale.

Shaner, the co-founder and chairman of the board of Rex Energy and president and CEO of Shaner Hotels, both State College-based companies, has invested in Hydro Recovery, which operates water treatment facilities servicing the gas industry.

Shaner Capital, a $20 million investment fund created in 2010, will assist Hydro Recovery in fulfilling its aggressive expansion plans. The company has one wastewater recycling facility in Blossburg, in Tioga County, and is building another in Tioga County to supply acid mine drainage water to gas companies for use in hydrofracturing.

As drilling ramps up throughout the commonwealth, Hydro Recovery has looked to meet the expanding need for its services by planning two more facilities, in Lawrence Township, Clearfield County, and Towanda, Bradford County. It is looking into building plants in Belle Vernon, Washington County, and locally in Snow Shoe, according to Teresa Irvin Copenhaver, HydroRecovery’s business development manager.

“There’s an increasing need for water to be treated in the Marcellus Shale,” Copenhaver said.

At its Blossburg plant, gas companies truck in wastewater and flowback water, which is then put through a chemical precipitation process that removes the dirt and heavy metals from the water. The solids are pressed into a dry cake and carted off to landfills, and the clean water is then resold back to the gas industry.

“We are a zero-discharge facility, which means any water that comes into our facility for treatment goes back out to gas companies for fracking,” Copenhaver said. “We’re 100 percent recycle, reuse.”

Hydro Recovery was formed in 2008 by Neil Hedrick, who will remain a manager in the new partnership. It has thrived this year, after a request was made by the Department of Environmental Protection in May, asking drillers to cease sending their fracking flowback to publicly owned treatment plants, which had problems adequately treating the toxic water before it was released into the commonwealth’s water supply.

“We helped solve a problem,” Copenhaver said.

The Blossburg plant now frequently reaches its capacity of 330,000 gallons per day, serving drillers including Seneca, EQT and Shell. Next summer, Hydro Recovery will open its Antrim plant, which will treat approximately 720,000 gallons of acid mine drainage water per day and 300,000 gallons of wastewater per day.

At the plant’s groundbreaking, Lance Shaner said Hydro Recovery will use its capital influx from his investment to build more plants that use acid mine drainage to feed the gas industry’s massive demand for water, an announcement that was greeted enthusiastically by the DEP.

“Acid mine drainage impairs more than 5,000 miles of streams in our state, making it ideal for operators to take the drainage out of our waterways and put it to use for hydraulic fracturing,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said in a news release. “As natural gas extraction does not require drinking quality water, this represents a real win-win that can address two water challenges at once.”

Cliff White can be reached at 235-3928.

Read more: http://www.centredaily.com/2011/11/26/2999577/shaner-invests-in-facilities.html#ixzz1fD89Z29c

 



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<![CDATA[Hydro Recovery Antrim Groundbreaking Video]]> Hydro Recovery Antrim Groundbreaking Video

By Roy Wells, President, Triad Strategies, LLC

 

On November 9, 2011 Hydro Recovery and state and local officials held a press conference to announce the groundbreaking of a facility that will treat up to 720,000 gallons per day of polluted acid mine drainage water (AMD). Natural gas companies will use the treated AMD in fracturing wells, thus displacing their need 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.

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<![CDATA[Hydro Recovery Breaks Ground In Antrim]]> Hydro Recovery Breaks Ground In Antrim

 

Hydro Recovery LP, a Blossburg company specializing in the treatment and resale of hydraulic stimulation fluid for natural gas wells, broke ground Nov. 9 in Antrim for their second facility. This project will not only optimize gas drilling wastewater for reuse but will also process acid mine discharge from former coal mines, further decreasing the need for potable water to be used by the drilling industry. Executives and officials who support the project met for the groundbreaking to speak and toss ceremonial dirt.

 

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<![CDATA[DEP Effort Encourages Oil and Gas Industry to Use Mine Drainage Water]]> 

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Commonwealth News Bureau 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
11/18/2011

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DEP Effort Encourages Oil and Gas Industry to Use Mine Drainage Water



HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection announced today the preliminary process it will use for authorizing the use of acid mine drainage water for oil and gas operations, including Marcellus Shale wells.

“Acid mine drainage impairs more than 5,000 miles of streams in our state, making it ideal for operators to take the drainage out of our waterways and put it to use for hydraulic fracturing,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “As natural gas extraction does not require drinking quality water, this represents a real win-win that can address two water challenges at once.”

Each day, more than 300 million gallons of acid mine drainage discharges into state waterways from sites in the anthracite and bituminous coal regions. The drainage impairs more miles of rivers and streams than any other source of pollution.

Hydraulic fracturing is a process that injects a mixture of sand and water into the cracks of rock formations to create fissures that allow more oil and gas to be extracted. Hydro-fracturing a typical Marcellus Shale well requires between five million and eight million gallons of water. As freshwater is not required for fracturing operations, acid mine drainage can present a safe and viable alternative.

The hydraulic fracturing of Marcellus Shale wells takes place deep underground, 5,000 to 8,000 feet below groundwater tables. This use of acid mine drainage presents minimal risk to groundwater, as there is no evidence that groundwater in Pennsylvania has been impacted by hydraulic fracturing.

DEP completed a preliminary position paper that outlines how requests to use acid mine drainage water for hydraulic fracturing will be reviewed. Operators making such requests will work with DEP program staff to identify potential sources of water from acid mine drainage sites. DEP will then determine the necessary permits and storage and treatment requirements on a case-by-case basis. In some cases, oil and gas companies may provide financial support to acid mine drainage trust funds, ensuring that treatment continues long after there is a need for the water in hydraulic fracturing.

Over the next several months, DEP will host input sessions to gather comments from members of environmental groups and industry. The process will be revised and improved as needed until the department publishes a final position paper on the issue in February 2012. For more information and to view the position paper, visit www.dep.state.pa.us or call 717-787-5015.
 

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/newsroom/14287?id=19161&typeid=1


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<![CDATA[More Jobs Coming to Tioga Co. Pennsylvania]]> It should be complete next spring or summer.

More Jobs Coming to Tioga Co. Pennsylvania

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Duncan Township, Pa. - More jobs are coming to Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

 

Ground was broken today for a new water treatment facility to be used by the natural gas industry.

 

The sound of a stream on a beautiful fall afternoon is actually acid mine drainage water, or A.M.D.

 

An abandoned mine along state route 3009 in duncan township is actually spewing this polluted water.

 

But now, a company called hydro recovery is going to give new life to the water.

"We're going to utilize new technology and clean this water, actually cleaner than drinking water so it can be used in the gas well industry," said Neil Hedrick, founder of Hydro Recovery.

The company will provide treated water to the natural gas industry.

 

Gas companies thousands of gallons of fresh water each day in their hydrofracking process.

 

Officials say this will reduce the gas industry's need to use fresh water.

The plant will treat nearly 720,000 gallons of acid mine drainage water each day. officials say that's 500 gallons every minute.

"There's a lot of water needed for the natural gas industry so it's a perfect partnership to treat much more of the acid mine drainage problem," stated John Stefanko, DEP, Deputy Secretary.

 

But this plant will not only help the environment, it will also boost the local economy.

 

Officials say more than twenty new jobs will be created.

"It's going to save money, it's going to save the environment. At least 100-million gallons of water will be spared from being removed from streams so it's definitely a win win situation," said Matt Baker (R), Pennsylvania State Representative.

Hedrick says the plant will cost $16 million dollars.

http://www.wetmtv.com/news/local/story/More-Jobs-Coming-to-Tioga-Co-Pennsylvania/k537t_k-skm4GItbqg4Xpg.cspx

 

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<![CDATA[NEW FACILITY TO TREAT ACID MINE DRAINAGE (AMD) WATER CREATES A WIN-WIN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY]]>  

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November 9, 2011


Antrim Plant Groundbreaking

NEW FACILITY TO TREAT ACID MINE DRAINAGE (AMD) WATER CREATES A WIN-WIN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY

Hydro Recovery breaks ground on second facility to provide Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid (HSF) and Mitigated AMD water for the natural gas drilling process

Duncan Township, PA – Over a year ago, Hydro Recovery broke ground on its first manufacturing facility in Blossburg, Tioga County which began operations in June of this year.  Today, company and state officials celebrated the breaking ground of a second facility, but this time, the new facility will create an even bigger win for the environment by treating up to 720,000 gallons per day of polluted acid mine drainage water (AMD).  Natural gas companies will use the treated AMD in fracturing wells, thus displacing their need 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.

“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.”

Mr. Hedrick also took the opportunity to more formally introduce the company’s new business partnership with Shaner Capital, LP.  “In a short period of time, Hydro Recovery has proven itself to be innovative and responsive to industry by building a strong relationship with its customers while maintaining its commitment to the environment,” said Lance Shaner, founder of the Shaner Group.  “This is why Shaner Capital has partnered with the company and looks forward to breaking ground on many more plants to come.”

The Antrim Treatment Trust was established in the 1980s to provide treatment to the raw AMD water that flows out of an abandoned mine located in Duncan Township.  “Hydro Recovery has signed a lease agreement with the trust, ensuring the trust’s continued financial viability well into the future,” said John Stefanko, Deputy Secretary, Office of Active and Abandoned Mine Operations of PA DEP.  “The trust, which has long been underfunded, will be able to continue to treat the AMD discharge water long after the natural gas industry no longer has a need for it.”

 “We all know how these difficult economic times have continued; however, thanks to the Marcellus Shale natural gas play, it is companies like Hydro Recovery who are investing in this Commonwealth and providing dozens of new jobs to area residents,” said State Senator Joseph Scarnati. “Not only will new jobs be created, but the facility will help to promote clean water and protect our environment, so it is a win-win situation.”

Tioga County Commissioner Erick Coolidge added that “the county has seen many changes since the exploration of the Marcellus Shale, some of those changes have presented some challenges to county residents, but some changes have provided good opportunities for economic growth.”   Coolidge also noted that, “this particular opportunity will help clean up our waterways from past environmental liabilities without ongoing taxpayer dollars.”

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.

Hawbaker Engineering is serving as the Design-Build Contractor for the project, with support from Kaufman Engineering, Siemens Water Technologies, Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. and G.M. McCrossin, Inc.  M&T Bank is providing financing for the project. 

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. 

Hydro’s innovative process, developed in conjunction with Siemens Water Technologies, substantially reduces harmful contaminates from so called “frac water” and enables drillers to reuse the water.  The “treated” water is processed into a product with specific parameters and then returned back to the drilling companies for future drilling.  By turning the dirty water into a product to be beneficially used, it cuts the amount of fresh water needed for the drilling process while also providing maximum protection for the gas reservoir. 

"Shell sees the new AMD plant effluent as a win-win scenario, where the water quality in the Babb Creek watershed is maintained while also providing a potential water solution for our operations,” said Andrew K. Richmond, Shell Appalachia Water Resources Team Lead.  “As an added benefit, the proximity of this new water supply to Shell’s operations presents a community health and safety opportunity.  If an agreement with Hydro Recovery, LP is reached, Shell has the potential to reduce its overall truck traffic in Tioga County."

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

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CONTACT:

Teresa Irvin Copenhaver

Business Development Manager

717-343-9063

Teresa.Copenhaver@HydroRecoveryLP.com

 

About Hydro Recovery

 

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

 

About The Shaner Group


State College, PA – based Shaner Group is a privately held group of companies with over 2,500 employees that owns and manages a diverse portfolio of businesses that includes hotels, finance, investment management, venture capital and energy production.  For more information about the Shaner Group, visit www.shanercorp.com.

 

 

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<![CDATA[Hydro Recovery Announces New Business Partnership with Shaner Capital]]>  

HYDRO RECOVERY ANNOUNCES NEW BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP WITH SHANER CAPITAL

New business relationship will accelerate the expansion and growth of the company.

Blossburg, PA – Hydro Recovery L.P. is pleased to announce the formation of a business partnership with Shaner Capital L.P. based in State College, Pennsylvania.  The family-based business of DALK Land L.P. formed Hydro Recovery in 2008 to build a manufacturing facility that would treat Marcellus Shale natural gas wastewaters and turn it into a reusable product the company calls HSF-T or Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid. 

The Blossburg, Tioga County, plant opened its doors for business in early June of this year and is already nearing capacity.  The partnership with Shaner Capital will allow the company to continue with its expansion plans to build additional plants throughout Pennsylvania to meet its clients’ demand.  The companies plan to break ground on a new plant this year that will also treat Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) water as well as treat natural gas wastewater and additional plants in 2012.

The founder and President of Hydro Recovery, Neil Hedrick said that, “he is excited about the partnership and looks forward to working with representatives with Shaner Capital and Shaner Solutions, such as Eddie Lauth, the CEO of Shaner Capital, who will also serve as the CEO of Hydro Recovery.”  Neil Hedrick will continue as the manager of the General Partnership under KLAD LLC. 

Mr. Lauth said that, “Hydro Recovery is clearly one of the pioneering, water treatment companies operating in the exciting Marcellus Shale play and Shaner Capital is pleased to be a part of this fast growing, high quality company.”  Shaner Capital is a private investment fund formed by Lance T. Shaner, CEO of the Shaner Group in 2010.  The objective of Shaner Capital is to assist well run, innovative companies to grow and expand their business.  Shaner Capital holds controlling interests in numerous operating companies.

Hydro Recovery’s philosophy is based upon 100% recycling, which means that no matter what type of water that comes into the plant (pit, drilling fluids, flowback and production water), all of the treated water is transported back to a natural gas company for reuse in future fracing of natural gas wells.  By reusing treated wastewater, this preserves the state’s fresh water supply and eliminates any water used in fracing from being disposed of into the waterways of the Commonwealth.  Many of Hydro’s natural gas clients also adhere to this philosophy and are moving towards 100% recycling.

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

 

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CONTACT:

Teresa Irvin Copenhaver

Business Development Manager

717-343-9063

Teresa.Copenhaver@HydroRecoveryLP.com

 

About Hydro Recovery

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

About The Shaner Group

State College, PA – based Shaner Group is a privately held group of companies with over 2,500 employees that owns and manages a diverse portfolio of businesses that includes hotels, finance, investment management, venture capital and energy production.  For more information about the Shaner Group, vist www.shanercorp.com.

 

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<![CDATA[Hydro Recovery Offers New Products to Customers in the Natural Gas Industry and Plans to Hire Additional Employees]]>  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                              CONTACT:

September 21, 2011                                                              Teresa Irvin Copenhaver

                                                                                                Business Development Manager

                                                                                                717-343-9063

Teresa.Copenhaver@HydroRecoveryLP.com

 

 

Hydro Recovery Offers New Products to Customers in the Natural Gas Industry

Plans to hire additional employees in Blossburg, Tioga County, PA.

Blossburg, PA – The plant opened its doors on June 1st of this year and already has expanded its products and services to meet the growing demand of its customers.  The company is now treating drilling fluids of various types from the exploration of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.  The plant added a new treatment area to the facility in order to receive and treat drilling fluids.  Customers can bring in drilling fluids for treatment and take treated brine water back with them or not take any fluids back at all.  Please see below for our list of products and services or visit our website at www.HydroRecoveryLP.com.

Due to this expansion and extended hours, the plant is seeking additional Plant Operators who will perform routine operations and maintenance of the plant, its equipment, and all of the appurtenances associated with the treatment process.  For a complete job description please visit our website and e-mail your cover letter and resume to Rick Warren at rick.warren@hydrorecoverylp.com

To learn more about Hydro, please visit our website or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

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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. 

 

Products and Services:

 

·         HTDSF – High Total Dissolved Solids Fluid from natural gas drilling operations.  May be drill water, flow-back, produced waters. Generally less than 1% TSS.

 

·         HSF-T™ - Custom tailored chemical composition.  For each barrel of HSF-T purchased you may deliver one barrel of HTDSF.

 

·         HSF-BT™ - Same chemical composition as HSF-T.  For each barrel of HSF-BT purchased there is no delivery of HTDSF.

 

·         WTO - Water Treatment Only Service.  HTDSF from your gas well operations may be delivered for treatment.  There is no return of HSF-T or HSF-BT fluid to the Customer.

 

·         NPW - Non-Potable Water.  Water from municipal and ground water sources.  Customer must complete a 12(i) Registration Form with the SRBC and enter Hydro docket #20110612.

 

·         TR - Truck Rinse.  Hydro will remotely rinse, no confined space entry, the inside of the truck tank.  Customer shall receive 50 bbls of HSF-BT with each Truck Rinse at no additional cost.

 

·         Storage - Available for HSF-T, HSF-BT, NPW and DFT-*.

 

·         LIM - Logistics and Inventory Management. Transportation services are available at fixed price or “not to exceed prices” for our Customers.

 

·         DFT – Drill Fluids Treatment:

o    DFT-W - Drill Water.   Strained drill fluid, no drill cuttings.  No oil or synthetic oil contamination allowed.  Suspended solids generally less than 10%.  Flowing Liquid.  Quantity based upon truck rated capacity (bbls).   For each barrel of DFT-W delivered Customer shall receive 1.1 barrel of treated HSF-T.

o    DFT-S - Solidification.  Water Based drill fluids and tank cleanings.  Delivered in vacuum (super sucker) trucks.   A portion of the load does not readily flow.  Quantity based upon truck rated capacity (bbls).  No oil or synthetic oil contamination allowed.  For each barrel of DFT-S delivered Customer shall receive 1.1 barrel of treated   HSF-T.

o    DFT-WB - Drill Water.  Same as DFT-W except for each barrel of DFT-W delivered Customer shall receive NO barrels of treated HSF-T.

o    DFT-SB - Solidification.  Same as DFT-S except for each barrel of DFT-S delivered Customer shall receive NO barrels of treated HSF-T.

o    VB - Vacuum Boxes.   Water Based drill fluids and tank cleanings.  Delivered in vacuum boxes.  Quantity based upon box rated capacity (bbls).  No oil or synthetic oil contamination allowed.  For each barrel of VB delivered Customer shall receive 2 barrels of treated HSF-T.

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<![CDATA[Hydro Recovery LP is seeking to fill several Plant Operator positions in Blossburg, Tioga County, PA.]]> Hydro Recovery LP is seeking to fill several Plant Operator positions in Blossburg, Tioga County, PA.

The Plant Operator performs routine operations and maintenance of the HTDSF (High Total Dissolved Solids Fluids) Treatment Plant, its equipment, and all of the appurtenances associated with the treatment proces.  This position requires collecting samples of raw and finished process fluids; performing laboratory tests and accurately recording data for analysis.  It also requires a mechanical aptitude for completing routine preventative maintenance and repair.  The operator will be required to engage in tank truck loading and unloading activity and aide the customer with the initial connecting/disconnecting process.  The operator will be required to operate a front end loader and load sludge trucks as part of the disposal process. This position requires attention to detail, visual observation, and proper use of time, hand tools, and equipment.  For a complete job description please visit our website at www.HydroRecoveryLP.com.   Please e-mail your cover letter and resume with your salary requirements to rick.warren@hydrorecoverylp.com or mail/fax them to:

Hydro Recovery LP

Operator Position

7 Riverside Plaza

PO Box 38

Blossburg, PA 16912

Attn: Plant Manager 

FAX 570-638-2850 

 

 

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<![CDATA[New Hydro Recovery Treatment Plant Begins Operations]]> 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.

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 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.

 


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<![CDATA[Frack treatment plant could be in operation as soon as Monday]]> Frack treatment plant could be in operation as soon as Monday

By CHERYL R. CLARKE - cclarke@sungazette.com (cclarke@sungazette.com) ,Williamsport Sun-Gazette

 

BLOSSBURG - If "all goes well" and the weather cooperates, Hydro-Recovery's natural gas drilling frack water treatment and recycling facility here will open Monday, according to its Business Development Manager Teresa Copenhaver.

The project, which broke ground in October, was supposed to open last month, Copenhaver said, but the wet spring weather has delayed construction and "being able to pour concrete," at the site.

Several power outages, also weather related, created problems for construction, she added.

Once fully operational, she said, the facility hopes to save millions of gallons of fresh water every year by recycling frack water and selling it back to drillers.

Another facility at Antrim, still in the beginning construction stages, will recycle acid mine drainage for use by drillers, she said, but it may treat frack water as well.

Using what is called a "liquid to liquid ion exchange," in LLX equipment, the facility will reduce the amount of acid mine drainage water getting into waterways.

"The Susquehanna River Basin Commission is allowing us to take 500 gallons per minute, and there is also a pass-by limit, so if there is a drought, we wouldn't be allowed to take it out. Ideally it's meant to replace the need to use fresh water," she added.

The Blossburg facility also plans to buy water from the Bloss Municipal Authority, she said.

"And we have two applications s into the SRBC to take non-potable water out of two previously drilled wells. One is on-site, and the other is on old Route 15," she said.

The water from those wells is considered not suitable for drinking water because "the aquifer they drilled into did not test for drinking water standards," Copenhaver said.

Copenhaver noted water needed for use by the facility will "vary depending on water we are treating and selling to customers."

As for employees to run the facility, Copenhaver said "at this point we have hired enough people but we will be hiring additional people when we add on more shifts and are fully operational."

So far, she said seven full time employees have been hired, with that number to double.

Copenhaver said the number of tankers using the facility will be 65 to70 a day, but could be as many as 100, a fact that has some Blossburg officials concerned.

Ray Kaminski, a former borough council member who now sits on the board of the Tioga County Development Corp. representing Blossburg, said the increased truck traffic will "create a problem."

"There needs to be a traffic signal put in to handle more trucks coming into that plant, and traffic that comes in off (Route) 15 to use the Kwik Fill.

"And with the May 19 moratorium on drillers taking water to sewage treatment plants, it puts pressure on these guys to get their plant operational."

Copenhaver said PennDOT issued Hydro-Recovery a highway occupancy permit based on the estimate provided, and "they apparently didn't think a signal would be needed, at least not right away."

"But I don't know the last time a complete traffic study was done there," she said.

The facility won't run 24 hours a day in the beginning and how long it is before it does is "dependent upon our clients and their drilling schedules."

"Because we are just opening we are going to be in a ramping up speed, and by the beginning of June we expect to be at 100 percent capacity," she said.

Copenhavenr noted that the facility will "reuse and recycle every single drop of water" into a "dry filter cake," that "looks like dirt."

The cake, containing minerals, metals and suspended solids such as dirt, soda ash, barium and strontium then is taken to a regular municipal landfill.

"But it is completely landfill safe," she said.

According to Copenhaver, DEP has tested frack water and "for the most part it is not radioactive."

"The trick is when you clean it and consolidate all the materials you do it in a manner to keep it neutral and our process is designed to keep it landfill friendly and pass all DEP tests, so ours has no radioactivity. The whole mission behind this is to be environmentally friendly with the water and the land," she added.

The $12 million facility was paid for with mostly private funds, but Hydro Recovery did get a $500,000 Redevelopment Assistant Capital Project grant through Sen. Joseph Scarnati, R-Brockway, and also a Northeastern Ben Franklin Technology Partners Fund low interest loan of $250,000, a competitive state venture capital program for new and innovative projects.

 

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<![CDATA[Private firms poised to treat wastewater]]> Private firms poised to treat wastewater

 

By Joe Napsha, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, May 19, 2011

 

Companies whose specialty is treating wastewater are hoping for a surge of business after today's deadline for natural gas drillers to voluntarily stop sending their toxic flowback from hydraulic fracturing to publicly owned treatment plants.

"It's a game changer. My phone is ringing off the hook," said David Grottenthaler, general manager of Kroff Well Services Inc. on Pittsburgh's North Side.

"The diluters and the dumpers (of drilling wastewater) are done," Grottenthaler said, referring to an earlier practice of relying on streams and rivers to dilute metals and salts in drilling wastewater that flows back to the surface after fracturing Marcellus shale that holds natural gas deep underground.

Kroff Well Services and Reserved Environmental Services LLC in Hempfield in Westmoreland County are among at least five private companies in the region offering alternatives to treating millions of gallons of wastewater at publicly owned treatment plants. Aquatech International Corp. in Cecil; Comtech Industries Inc. in South Franklin in Washington County; and Siemens Water Technologies in Marshall also are players in yet another line of business that is benefiting from Pennsylvania's natural gas boom.

Reserved Environmental, which treats wastewater at a plant near the former Sony Corp. television factory, has been "getting quite a few inquiries and getting people under contract," said CEO Andrew Kicinski.

Companies like Kroff and Reserved Environmental could capture more business after the state Department of Environmental Protection asked drillers to voluntarily stop sending wastewater to 16 publicly owned treatment plants.

The state issued the request in April after the federal Environmental Protection Agency, scientists and environmental groups raised concerns that municipal treatment plants could not remove all bromides, chlorides, minerals and metals before discharging treated wastewater into state waterways.

Sewage treatment plants in the state received 2.7 million barrels of the flowback water, the equivalent of 116 million gallons, in the last six months of 2010, according to state records. Data are not yet available for this year, said DEP spokesman Kevin Sunday.

Drillers have not indicated there is a lack of capacity for treating wastewater, said Travis Windle, a spokesman for the Marcellus Shale Coalition, a Cecil-based trade group representing natural gas producers and related businesses. A single well can use between 3 million and 5 million gallons of water in the fracturing process, but only about 20 percent may return to the surface prior to the well's producing gas, industry experts say.

"We don't need the publicly operated treatment plants to treat the Marcellus shale wastewater," Reserved Environmental's Kicinski said.

For drillers seeking treatment options, "there may be a crunch right now ... but it's more important that the state stopped a public health hazard. It stopped the drillers from sending fracking water to plants not equipped to receive the polluted water," said Jan Jarrett, president of Penn Future, a statewide environmental organization with offices in Pittsburgh.

Even with private companies offering technology to remove pollution, Myron Arnowitt, director of Pennsylvania Clean Water Action, said he is concerned that "there is a problem in Pennsylvania because there's very little capacity for removing all of the wastewater." Some companies are trucking wastewater to Ohio, where it is injected into deep wells, Arnowitt said.

Drillers such as Range Resources Corp., Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Cabot Oil & Gas Co. said they treat their wastewater and reuse it in their operations.

Consol Energy Inc., a coal and gas producer in Cecil, recycles nearly 100 percent of the flowback from its fracturing operations, spokeswoman Laural Ziemba said.

In cases in which the water has been recycled to the point where it cannot effectively be used to fracture another well, Consol sends it "for safe disposal in regulated, deep injection wells," Ziemba said.

Range Resources recycles more than 90 percent of its wastewater, spokesman Matt Pitzarella said.

Range uses a mobile system that treats the water to remove metals and then blends it with fresh water to lower the salt content to about 1 percent, Pitzarella said. Some of the water is trucked to facilities such as Reserved Environmental Services for treatment, he said.

Kroff, like other companies, removes pollutants that would hamper drilling operations when it is reused, Grottenthaler said.

Reserved Environmental's system removes irons, metals, barium, salts, organic matter and other minerals, Kicinski said. Its system does not, however, lower total dissolved solids in the water to a level where it can be treated in a publicly owned sewage plant and discharged into the public waterways, he said.

The Hempfield plant has the capacity to treat about 1.3 million gallons of wastewater daily, Kicinski said, but its current utilization is about 40 percent.

"I think the producers are holding the water long on site, recycling it two to three times until it can't be used," Kicinski said.

Siemens Water Technologies sold a treatment system it developed to a Tioga County treatment plant that treats wastewater so it can be used on the next drilling job, said Kevin Warheit, product manager at Siemens' office in Marshall. The Hydro Recovery LP treatment plant in Blossburg will start the Siemens system in the next few weeks, Warheit said.

Siemens' chemical precipitation process and dewatering technology will remove barium, iron and other metals to less than one part per million and remove total dissolved solids in the water to less than 100 parts per million. Siemens has been working on the technology for nearly three years, Warheit said.

Aquatech International's technology can remove some of the major contaminants so drilling wastewater can be reused by the drillers, or it can be processed through a second stage that removes dissolved solids, said Devesh Mittal, vice president of industrial solutions for Aquatech.

"We are continuously receiving inquiries, working with the gas industry and some of the treatment plants," Mittal said.



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<![CDATA[Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Northern Tier]]> Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Northern Tier

Reported by: Brittni Smallwood

 

Blossburg, P.A. - A new wastewater treatment plant for natural gas driller will open its doors Friday in the Northern Tier.  

Hydrorecovery recycles wastewater from natural gas companies so it can be re-used for hydrofracking in the Marcellus shale.

Their water trucks will hook up to loading stations in Blossburg to unload the waste water.

"Trucks will come to this station they'll hook up a hose, discharge their water into the pipe which will go into those raw water tanks" said David Hedrick, the Project Manager of Hydrorecovery.

The chemical-laced water travels from the raw water tanks to another tank to begin a chemical precipitation process.

That's where chemicals are dropped into the wastewater to remove the harmful compounds.

The chemicals fall to the bottom of the tank creating sludge.

HydroRecovery is able to treat drilling mud, drilling fluid, as well as fracking water.

And once the treatment process is complete it turns into a clear saltwater.

Afterwards the solids that come out turn into a dry filter cake which is sort a like dirt.

The dry filter cake is then taken to a landfill two hours away in near Bloomsberg, Pennsylvania.

"Our dry filter cake is very stable. It doesn't have leech aid and plus the residential waste landfills are all in containment" said Hedrick.

But some environmentalists, like Barbara Arrindell, have concerns about the effects of the natural gas industry on the environment.

Arrindell is a biochemist and the president of Damascus Citizens, a non-profit watchdog group.

She questions who will monitor this process to ensure that the substance is properly disposed of.

"We can do better than this. We should be creating plants and factories to be building renewable energy not to foster another fossil fuel" said Barbara Arrindell, the President of Damascus Citizens.

"It is a good solution to preventing discharges in streams and polluting them" said Dustin Copenhaven, Hydrorecovery Scientist. "We're not discharging anything. It's all recycled nothings going to touch the stream. It's all going back to whoever gave us the water and then they're going to reuse it".

Throughout the entire process, Copenhaven tests the water to monitor barium and calcium levels.

"These are the harsher chemicals that they need to measure because they need to come out they're the primary concerns of the gas companies" said Copenhaven. 

Most neighbors we spoke with welcome the new facility.

"I've been here for 10 years and the most things that bothers me are the big gas trucks and dump trucks" said Lisa Baker, Blossburg.

"I just hope it doesn't smell" said Chester Takarz of Blossburg.

The plant employs six people. Once their at full capacity, Hydrorecovery can take 300 thousand gallons of waste water a day.

To protect your drinking water, the Corbett Administration has asked natural gas companies to stop using riverside treatment plants to get rid of their wastewater.

The deadline to stop this practice on Thursday, May 19th.

Pennsylvania is one of a few states that allows its used fracking fluid to be treated and dumped in rivers and streams.

Other states required it to be injected into deep, underground shafts.

According to industry analysts, 99% of all fracking fluids are sand and water.

The other one percent is chemicals.

 

Click on the link below to see the video of this story:

http://www.wetmtv.com/news/local/story/Wastewater-Treatment-Plant-in-the-Northern-Tier/JsYrSGGwg0KqPeiVV02KUw.cspx

 

 

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<![CDATA[All Watered Up: In PA, Water is Becoming Big Business]]> All Watered Up: In PA, Water is Becoming Big Business

 

BY: MICHAEL LELLO, 5/5/2011

 

Water is a supremely vital resource, but its seemingly ever-present nature gives us a tendency to take it for granted, erroneously assuming it exists in some bottomless well. The finite supply of clean water is an increasing focus in Pennsylvania, where cities like Pittsburgh and York have embraced water treatment as an important economic and environmental strategy, and companies, sometimes operating within the framework of headline-generating gas-drilling initiatives, are finding new, entrepreneurial ways to treat water.

A prime example is Hydro Recovery, a Blossburg company launched last October that is building a manufacturing plant in Tioga County, a key area in the Marcellus Shale Region, where it plans to convert the water used in the exploration for natural gas known as “frac water” to a Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid. The HSF can then be used to extract more natural gas. The process is designed to eliminate the need to transport wastewater over long distances and, because of the recycling of the water, reduce the environmental impact of has drilling. In March, the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania awarded Hydro Recovery a $250,000 grant to help offset some of the construction costs for the $11.5 million project.

Hydro Recovery Business Development Manager Teresa Copenhaver says the plant is tentatively set to open in May, creating between 12 and 15 jobs as well as "numerous jobs in the construction and engineering businesses" involved in the project. The company is currently planning sites in Lawrence Twp. in Clearfield County and Towanda in Bradford County, as well as listing "potential sites under construction" in Endicott, N.Y., and six other Pennsylvania locations on its website.
"I would say it’s still developing and changing, as far as the industry itself. We are near the beginning, but it is changing," Copenhaver says, noting that only two years ago natural gas drillers were not yet reusing water.

Copenhaver explains a major reason for the shift in approach is that tests conducted on the viability of reusing water showed gas-drilling companies "they don't have to necessarily have fresh water in order to frac the well."

Meanwhile, Comtech Industries in Washington County has been specializing in mobile water treatment for Marcellus Shale fracturing. According to a recent article in theObserver Reporter, the company began providing water processing at gas wells in West Virginia about six years ago. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Developmenthas supported a few other innovative water-related undertakings in the state, both in the municipal and corporate sectors. The York City Sewer Authority, which serves more than 17,000 residents in eight York County townships, is replacing a 20-year-old co-generation system with a more efficient micro-turbine engine at York City Waste Water Treatment. The new system will provide 2.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity from the methane produced as a naturally occurring byproduct during the wastewater treatment process. According to the DCED, the project will result in a savings of about $277,775 per year. The project earned a $1.5 million Alternative and Clean Energy loan from the DCED this year.

In Northumberland County, Furman Foods plans to expand its waste water treatment plant to continue operating in compliance with the Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy as well as utilize an anaerobic digester to generate methane gas that will be harnessed as a source of renewable energy, generating electricity for the waste water treatment plant. According to the DCED, it is estimated that Furman Foods will save $215,000 in electrical costs per year once the digester is installed. Furman Foods received a $1.75 million Alternate and Clean Energy grant from the DCED in 2010.

Penn Future is a nonprofit advocacy organization also known as Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future that promotes environmentally conscious policies. 

"There’s always been great interest and great focus on water issues in Pennsylvania," says Penn Future President and CEO Jan Jarrett. "In the lower 48, we have more streams than any other state; the only other state with more, I believe, is Alaska. So it’s always an important issue."

That could mean an even bigger impact on the state's economy. In Philadelphia,Medilinger Partners is the country's only investment firm devoted solely to water investment and is on its way to raising $75 million in a private equity fund by the end of the year.

"Water has always been a crucial aspect of Pennsylvania’s economy," says DCED press secretary Steven Kratz.  "Our interlocking waterways and our three major ports have made Pennsylvania a prime location for importing and exporting.
 
"With the development of new technologies, water is now being used as a clean and cost-effective source of energy for business owners, resulting in substantial cost-savings."


Michael Lello is a freelance writer, editor and former longtime newspaper professional based in Scranton. He operates a music news blog called Highway 81 Revisited.


Photos:

1-2 - Photographs showing progress to Hydro Recovery's Blossburg site (courtesy of Hyrdo Recovery)

3-4 - View of Comtech Industries' active operations (courtesy of Comtech)

5 - Furmano Foods (courtesy of Furmano Foods)

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<![CDATA[Hydro Recovery Safely Treats Marcellus Shale Drilling Wastewater]]> Hydro Recovery Safely Treats Marcellus Shale Drilling Wastewater

The company will expedite its opening of the new plant in response to Governor Corbett’s opposition to treatment facilities that discharge treated frac water. 

Blossburg, PA – Officials from Hydro Recovery LP today reported that the Blossburg, Tioga County-based Marcellus Shale wastewater recycling treatment plant will expedite its commission date and is unaffected by Governor Tom Corbett’s call for Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operators to cease by May 19 delivering wastewater from shale gas extraction to 15 facilities that currently accept it under special provisions of last year’s Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) regulations.  Hydro Recovery does not discharge into the state’s waterways and is therefore exempt from Corbett’s call. 

Hydro Recovery owner Neil Hedrick said today “that the Hydro Recovery plant being built in Blossburg is on track for a mid May opening, and will be able to safely treat a substantial portion of the drilling wastewater now diverted from other facilities around the state.  Our innovative treatment process prevents the discharge of treated water into our waterways, thus abating any public fears or concerns about contaminants entering into the local watershed.  While this is a major setback for those companies who treat wastewater and release it into the environment, the new request has no negative repercussions to our plant and its planned opening.”

What we do prevents such discharges and safely treats the wastewater for reuse by the natural gas drilling industry,” Hedrick added.

Hydro Recovery’s new $12 million Blossburg plant will take wastewater from the Marcellus Shale drilling industry and turn it into a product called Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid (HSF™) for fracing future natural gas wells.  The state-of-the-art plant will employ over a dozen skilled, Pennsylvania technicians and reduce the amount of fresh groundwater used in the Shale drilling process, as well as reduce trucking and other environmental concerns for the growing natural gas industry in central and northern Pennsylvania.  Hedrick noted that “the Blossburg facility is the first of approximately 12 regional plants that we have planned for construction across the state as part of our overall growth plan.” 

The new plant is expected to begin operations by mid May and, when operating at full capacity, will be able to transform nearly 330,000 gallons of waste water a day into clean, reusable ‘hydraulic stimulation fluid’, or HSF™, for the drilling industry.  The plant will save nearly 100 million gallons of fresh water from withdrawal from streams and aquifers each year, while preventing the discharge of nearly 100 million pounds of dissolved solids (TDS) into rivers and streams. 

During groundbreaking ceremonies for the facility in 2010, former DEP Secretary John Hanger said “this facility will change the way the natural gas industry treats its wastewater so it can be reused in the fracing process and that no liquid is discharged into the waters of the commonwealth," stated DEP Secretary Hanger. "Hydro Recovery is opening the door to a better future that enables Pennsylvania to utilize all of our resources in an effective and efficient way to protect our environment."

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

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CONTACT:

Teresa Irvin Copenhaver

Business Development Manager

717-343-9063

Teresa.Copenhaver@HydroRecoveryLP.com

 

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

 

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<![CDATA[Hydro Recovery Receives Ben Franklin Technology Partners' Investment Funding]]> For Immediate Release  

HYDRO RECOVERY BLOSSBURG PLANT RECEIVES BEN FRANKLIN TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS’ INVESTMENT FUNDING

$250,000 supports new $11.5 million frac water treatment plant

Blossburg, PA March 2, 2011 – An innovative new manufacturing facility of Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid (HSF™) under construction near Blossburg, Tioga County, has received a $250,000 investment funding from the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, company officials from Hydro Recovery, LP announced today.  The Alternative Energy Development Program (AEDP) funding will help offset some of the construction costs for the $11.5 million project.  The new manufacturing plant utilizes ‘frac’ water from the natural gas drilling process as its raw material to create a hydraulic stimulation fluid that can be reused to fracture future natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale Play.

Launched in October of 2010, the new Hydro Recovery Blossburg plant is the first of its kind in the state to focus on treating the waste effluent of the Marcellus Shale drilling process aimed at 100% reuse of the water with a zero discharge policy.  Hydro Recovery’s patented treatment process removes dissolved solids and other harmful chemicals from the used frac water and allows it to be reused in the drilling process.  When fully operational the new Blossburg plant will treat as much as 330,000 gallons of frac-water a day.

“We are delighted to receive this grant from Ben Franklin Technology Partners,” said Neil Hedrick, President of Hydro Recovery, “and look forward to the plant’s opening later this Spring in April.  Having the backing of a well known entity like Ben Franklin Technology Partners means a lot to us as it speaks to the reputation and credibility of our company and project.”

Hedrick noted that the Blossburg plant is the first of twelve such treatment facilities the company hopes to open across the state, all of which will be located close to Marcellus Shale drilling operations so as to reduce the impacts of heavy truck traffic and other costs.

Hedrick said the state-of-the-art plant will employ over a dozen skilled Pennsylvania technicians and reduce the amount of fresh groundwater used in the natural gas drilling process, as well as reduce trucking and other environmental concerns for the growing natural gas industry in central and northern Pennsylvania.  Additional ancillary jobs will be created in the trucking, chemical and landfill business.  Officials estimate the plant will save over 100 million gallons of freshwater from being used in the drilling process each year, and prevents hundreds of thousands of tons of dissolved solids from being released back into the state’s waterways.

Former State Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger, who was present for the plant’s groundbreaking last year, noted during his remarks that “this facility will change the way the natural gas industry treats its wastewater so it can be reused in the fracing process and that no liquid is discharged into the state’s waterways as a result.  Hydro Recovery is opening the door to a better future that enables Pennsylvania to use utilize all of our resources in an effective way that protects our environment.”

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Contact

Teresa Irvin Copenhaver

Business Development Manager

(717) 343-9063

Teresa.Copenhaver@HydroRecoveryLP.com

Hydro Recovery LP is a manufacturer of Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid (HSF) based in Blossburg, PA.  The firm 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 is owned by DALK Land LP. 

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<![CDATA[Hydro seeking to fill Production Scheduler Position - Blossburg]]> Hydro Recovery LP is seeking to fill a production scheduler position in Blossburg, PA.

The Production Scheduler will develop, set, amend, and publish production schedules.  The Scheduler’s duties include reviewing and distributing production, work, and shipment schedules; conferring with the Plant Manager or Site Supervisor to determine progress of work and completion dates.  The scheduler will aid in scheduling chemical deliveries, tracking inventory levels and recording daily consumptive use information.  This position requires excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, strong clerical and administrative skills, and the ability to work on multiple projects.  The Production Scheduler will be required to interact with customers and the general public, through direct contact, telephone, or internet access.  Applicants with manufacturing or production scheduling experience, or a logistics/dispatching background are encouraged to apply.  For a complete job description please visit our website at www.HydroRecoveryLP.com.   Please e-mail your cover letter and resume with your salary requirements to rick.warren@hydrorecoverylp.com or mail/fax them to:

Hydro Recovery LP

Operator Position

7 Riverside Plaza

PO Box 38

Blossburg, PA 16912

Attn: Plant Manager 

FAX 570-638-2850 

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<![CDATA[Business Wire - Ben Franklin Invests in PA Technology Companies]]> http://www.nep.benfranklin.org

Ben Franklin to Invest $875,000 in PA Technology Companies

BETHLEHEM, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) board approved the investment of $875,000 in regional companies. BFTP/NEP is an award-winning, state-funded economic development organization that links early-stage technology firms and established companies with experts, universities, funding, and other resources to help them prosper through innovation.

Since beginning operation, BFTP/NEP has helped to create 14,301 new jobs and retain 21,236 existing jobs, to start 408 new companies, and to develop 948 new products and processes. Ben Franklin has returned $3.50 to Pennsylvania for every $1.00 invested in the program.

BFTP/NEP will make four investments from its operating funds:

BioSample Solutions LLC, Ben Franklin TechVentures, Bethlehem - $70,000

Complete development and begin commercialization of the BioCookie™, a proprietary new sample preparation technique for application in DNA and RNA extraction technology. BioSample manufactures DNA and RNA extraction kits for laboratory tests on blood and saliva. These tests will allow for the development of increasingly sophisticated drugs and more personalized medicine regimes. Sample preparation will be greatly simplified and accomplished at twice the speed.

Pivitec, LLC, Coplay - $70,000

Complete design of four hardware products and one software control application for this developer of audio streaming and distribution products. Pivitec uses mobile devices and personal computers as interactive controllers for its network devices. The company’s first products combine several new technologies that address problems in professional audio productions in live performance venues like Broadway theatre and contemporary houses of worship, and in studio recording. Products in development target audio networking and control solutions for commercial applications in facilities like boardrooms, airports, meeting rooms, and in classrooms.

PROVA Systems, LLC, Carbondale - $35,000

PROVA manufactures a wireless diagnostic device for use in passenger cars and light duty trucks. This device allows proactive, real-time field management of vehicles using data derived from its usage patterns and collected from its on-board computers. The devices provide a unified set of data points for analysis from any vehicle, allowing for an efficiency comparison among a company’s entire fleet. This project will help PROVA develop a business plan, file patent applications, upgrade marketing materials, develop key contracts with potential resellers and licensors, and complete a redesign of a product module to reduce manufacturing costs.

RantNetwork, Inc., Bloomsburg - $50,000

Expand the marketing and development initiatives of RantNetwork’s “Communilator” application for language translation in mobile phones. Communilator™ is the first mobile phone language translation application capable of reading and translating foreign text real-time in more than 50 languages and 3,000 language pairs, captured with the host’s mobile phone camera. The application also provides voice translation from text keyed in from the host’s mobile phone in more than 20 foreign languages. It can send and receive SMS and e-mail translations and post translations to Twitter and Facebook. Communilator is targeted to individuals involved with international business, travel, and global social networking. It can provide a key component of second-language support programs, such as ESL. RantNetwork is developing Voice-to-Text, Voice-to-Voice, and “Live Connection,™” that will provide instant access to live translators real-time. RantNetwork recently signed an exclusive contract with Etihad Etisalat for the distribution of its Arabic version of the Communilator in Saudi Arabia through the mobile phone operator, Mobily.

BFTP/NEP will invest in three companies through its grant from the Alternative Energy Development Program (AEDP).

Electrikus Incorporated, Ben Franklin TechVentures, Bethlehem - $150,000

Produce an initial batch of up to 100 refrigerator power backup units and begin market penetration efforts. Electrikus has patented its ElectroFlo technology, a technologically innovative and energy-smart battery backup system for use with lighting and critical home appliances. Electrikus’ initial product, the Illumaguard, provides up to 10 hours of back-up for residential lighting in the event of a power outage. The product is inconspicuous and intelligent in the way it discharges and recharges, and allows a household lamp to light automatically at the onset of a power outage.

Hydro Recovery LP, Blossburg - $250,000

Establish a manufacturing plant in Tioga County, in the Marcellus Shale drilling region, to treat water used in the exploration for natural gas, and convert the water into reusable products to be used in natural gas recovery. The treatment process utilizes “frac” water. Frac water accumulates total dissolved solids during natural gas exploration that cannot be released untreated. Hydro Recovery’s process converts the used frac water to a Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid (HSF™), which is reused to extract more natural gas. This process will eliminate the need to transport wastewater over long distances. Further, by recycling frac water into a reusable product, it will reduce the environmental impact of gas extraction by saving millions of gallons of freshwater each year. Hydro Recovery recycles 100% of waters used in the treatment process; thereby eliminating discharge.

ZeroTruck Corporation, Allentown - $250,000

Complete development of a proprietary continuous variable transmission for medium-duty all-electric trucks. ZeroTruck’s next-generation electric drive integration system will be installed in new truck chassis to convert gasoline and diesel trucks to zero-emission plug-in electric vehicles. With surging fuel costs, expanding environmental protection regulation, and public demand for environmentally friendly transportation, the electric vehicle market continues to grow. ZeroTruck plans to establish its production facility in the Lehigh Valley.

 

Contacts

BFTP/NEP
Laura S. Eppler, Director of Marketing, 610-758-5237 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              610-758-5237      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
leppler@nep.benfranklin.org

 

At A Glance

Ben Franklin Technology Partners NE PA
Source: via Business Wire
Updated 09/29/2004 by company
Headquarters: Bethlehem, PA
Website: http://www.nep.benfranklin.org
CEO: R. Chadwick Paul
Employees: 25
Organization: Economic Development
 
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<![CDATA[Ben Franklin to Invest $875,000 In Regional Economic Development - Hydro Recovery]]>

Ben Franklin to Invest $875,000 In Regional Economic Development

Posted February 23, 2011 in Ben Franklin News

The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors approved the investment of $875,000 in support of regional economic development. The investments are with seven early-stage technology companies.

BFTP/NEP’s goal is to help lead northeastern Pennsylvania to a better economic future by building partnerships that develop and apply technology for competitive advantage. To achieve this goal, Ben Franklin staff concentrate their efforts on three key areas:

  • developing early-stage technology-oriented companies,
  • helping established manufacturers creatively apply new technology and business practices to achieve industry leadership, and
  • promoting an innovative community-wide infrastructure that fosters a favorable business environment for high-growth companies.
  • Since beginning operation, BFTP/NEP has helped to create 14,301 new jobs for Pennsylvania workers and to retain 21,236 existing jobs, to start 408 new companies, and to develop 948 new products and processes. The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania is headquartered on the campus of Lehigh University and operates Ben Franklin TechVentures, an award-winning business incubator/post-incubator facility, in Bethlehem, and the Bloomsburg Regional Technology Center in Bloomsburg. The Pennsylvania Ben Franklin Technology Partners network has returned $3.50 to the state treasury for every $1.00 invested in the program. 

    Ben Franklin will make four investments from its operating funds:

    BioSample Solutions LLC, Ben Franklin TechVentures, Bethlehem, Northampton County
    Ben Franklin Investment: $70,000
    Complete development and begin commercialization of the BioCookie™, a proprietary new sample preparation technique for application in DNA and RNA extraction technology. BioSample manufactures DNA and RNA extraction kits for laboratory tests on blood and saliva. These tests will allow for the development of increasingly sophisticated drugs and more personalized medicine regimes. Sample preparation will be greatly simplified and accomplished at twice the speed.

    Pivitec, LLC, Coplay, Lehigh County
    Ben Franklin Investment: $70,000
    Complete design of four hardware products and one software control application for this developer of audio streaming and distribution products. Pivitec uses mobile devices and personal computers as interactive controllers for its network devices. The company’s first products combine several new technologies that address problems in professional audio productions in live performance venues like Broadway theatre and contemporary houses of worship, and in studio recording. Products in development target audio networking and control solutions for commercial applications in facilities like boardrooms, airports, meeting rooms, and in classrooms.

    PROVA Systems, LLC, Carbondale, Lackawanna County
    Ben Franklin Investment: $35,000
    PROVA manufactures a wireless diagnostic device for use in passenger cars and light duty trucks. This device allows proactive, real-time field management of vehicles using data derived from its usage patterns and collected from its on-board computers. The devices provide a unified set of data points for analysis from any vehicle, allowing for an efficiency comparison among a company’s entire fleet. This project will help PROVA develop a business plan, file patent applications, upgrade marketing materials, develop key contracts with potential resellers and licensors, and complete a redesign of a product module to reduce manufacturing costs.

    RantNetwork, Inc., Bloomsburg, Columbia County
    Ben Franklin Investment: $50,000
    Expand the marketing and development initiatives of RantNetwork’s “Communilator” application for language translation in mobile phones. Communilator™ is the first mobile phone language translation application capable of reading and translating foreign text, such as books, posters, and menus, real-time in more than 50 languages and 3,000 language pairs, captured with the host’s mobile phone camera. The application also provides voice translation from text keyed in from the host’s mobile phone in more than 20 foreign languages. It can send and receive SMS and e-mail translations and post translations to Twitter and Facebook. Communilator is targeted to individuals involved with international business, travel, and global social networking, and for the legal, medical, and academic professions. It can provide a key component of second-language support programs, such as ESL. RantNetwork is developing Voice-to-Text, Voice-to-Voice, and “Live Connection,™” that will provide instant access to live translators real-time. RantNetwork recently signed an exclusive contract with Etihad Etisalat for the distribution of its Arabic version of the Communilator in Saudi Arabia through the mobile phone operator, Mobily.

    Ben Franklin will also invest in companies through its grant from the Alternative Energy Development Program (AEDP). Pennsylvania’s AEDP was created in July 2008 to incent collaboration to save energy costs, reduce dependence on foreign fuels, expand clean energy production, and create energy-related jobs in the state. Under the AEDP, BFTP/NEP receives funding to invest in the development and growth of energy-related companies in its 21-county area.

    Northeastern Pennsylvania is rich in natural resources, including anthracite coal reserves, anthracite culm banks, and the vast Marcellus shale natural gas reserves. There is a diversity of industrial activity related to energy throughout northeastern Pennsylvania, including several Ben Franklin clients in sectors such as advanced energy storage, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and alternative/clean fuels.

    Ben Franklin will make three investments from its AEDP allocation:

    Electrikus Incorporated, Ben Franklin TechVentures, Bethlehem, Northampton County
    Ben Franklin Investment: $150,000
    Produce an initial batch of up to 100 refrigerator power backup units and begin market penetration efforts. Electrikus has patented its ElectroFlo technology, a technologically innovative and energy-smart battery backup system for use with lighting and critical home appliances. Electrikus’ initial product, the Illumaguard, provides up to 10 hours of back-up for residential lighting in the event of a power outage. The product is inconspicuous and intelligent in the way it discharges and recharges, and allows a household lamp to light automatically at the onset of a power outage.

    Hydro Recovery LP, Blossburg, Tioga County
    Ben Franklin Investment: $250,000
    Establish a manufacturing plant in Tioga County, a central location in the Marcellus Shale drilling region, to treat water used in the exploration for natural gas, and convert the water into reusable products to be used in the stimulation of natural gas recovery. The treatment process utilizes “frac” water. Frac water accumulates total dissolved solids during natural gas exploration that cannot be released untreated. Hydro Recovery’s process converts the used frac water to a Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid (HSF™), which can subsequently be reused to extract more natural gas. This process will eliminate the need to transport wastewater over long distances. Further, by recycling frac water into a reusable product, it will reduce the environmental impact of gas extraction by saving millions of gallons of freshwater each year.  Hydro Recovery recycles 100% of waters used in the treatment process; thereby eliminating discharge of treated water into Pennsylvania waterways.

    ZeroTruck Corporation, Allentown, Lehigh County
    Ben Franklin Investment: $250,000
    Complete development of a proprietary continuous variable transmission for medium-duty all-electric trucks. ZeroTruck’s next-generation electric drive integration system will be installed in new truck chassis to convert gasoline and diesel trucks to zero-emission plug-in electric vehicles. With surging fuel costs, expanding environmental protection regulation, and public demand for environmentally friendly transportation, the electric vehicle market continues to grow. ZeroTruck plans to establish its production facility in the Lehigh Valley.

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    <![CDATA[Hydro Recovery Hires Plant Manager and Project Engineer]]> February 2, 2011

    CONSTRUCTION OF NEW MANUFACTURING PLANT PROVIDES NEW JOBS TO TIOGA COUNTY THANKS TO THE MARCELLUS SHALE INDUSTRY

    Hydro Recovery is pleased to announce the hiring of a Plant Manager and Project Engineer and is looking to hire plant operators

    Blossburg, PA –   Hydro Recovery LP of Blossburg, which broke ground on its new manufacturing facility late last Fall, today announced the hiring of two senior plant personnel as it continues ramping up operations for the new plant’s opening in April.  The plant will be the first of its type in the region to treat flowback and production water from the exploration of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region.  As many as 12 additional personnel will be hired to operate the plant, in addition to the numerous jobs created by the plant’s construction.

    Neil Hedrick, president of Hydro Recovery, said he was “pleased to announce that Rick Warren of Whitneyville, PA was hired in late December of 2011 as the Plant Manager.”  In that role he will be in charge of the overall plant operations, maintenance, and supervision of all employees.  Rick has been in the water and wastewater industries for over twenty-years with his most recent position working for the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority.  He also has some experience with constructing, operating and maintaining source (stimulation) water intake stations for the Marcellus Shale gas play.

    The company also hired Dustin M. Copenhaver of Camp Hill, PA as the Project Engineer.  His duties will include the set up and operation of the onsite lab as well as being involved in the different projects the company is undertaking such as the treatment of Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) water at its next plant near Antrim.  Dustin recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Chemical Engineering degree, and has now relocated to Blossburg.

    Hydro recently posted job openings for Plant Operators on its website at www.HydroRecoveryLP.com.  To learn more about Hydro, please visit the website or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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    CONTACT:

    Teresa Irvin Copenhaver

    Business Development Manager

    717-343-9063

    Teresa.Copenhaver@HydroRecoveryLP.com

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

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    <![CDATA[Video and Story: This Spring, Natural Gas Companies in Tioga County Will Use Less Local Water]]> 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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    To view the video click here - http://www.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/8178/2112785?cpt=3&title=homepage_channel&wpid=9606

    Reported by: Brittni Smallwood
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    <![CDATA[State aid awarded for water recycling plant]]> 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.

    Williamsport SunGazette

    http://www.sungazette.com/page/content.detail/id/558772/State-aid-awarded-for-frack-water-recycling-plant.html?nav=5014

     

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    <![CDATA[Happy Holidays from Hydro Recovery LP]]> Happy Holidays from Hydro Recovery

     

     

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    <![CDATA[Where economy and the environment meet]]> Where economy and the environment meet
    October 27, 2010

    The effective processing and reuse of water used in the fracking process of natural gas drilling is probably the issue of most concern to detractors and even supporters of the industry. We want the region's water supply and its environmental integrity to be preserved. That's a goal everyone should have.

    That said, everyone should take some heart and root for the success of a business such as the one Hydro Recovery LP broke ground on last week in Blossburg. The business is built around a treatment plant that will allow wastewater produced by hydrofracturing for natural gas in Tioga County to be treated and reused indefinitely.

    The business has the visible backing of the state Department of Environmental Protection. And wth good reason. The $11.5 million facility will turn millions of gallons of wastewater into a product called "hydraulic stimulation fluid," which can be reused in the fracking process after contaminants are removed. It will be similar to an operation already established by TerrAqua Resource Management in Williamsport.

    The key word there is reused. If the operation is successful, it removes the necessity of withdrawing from streams for every instance of fracking in the gas drilling process. The positive implications of that on the region's water supply are obvious. Operations such as these will reduce both the drain on the supply and the need to pump fracking water back into the streams.

    Hydro Recovery LP holds economic promise, with 12 people hired to manage it and 40 jobs created for the construction of the plant. The practical environmental necessities that go with the gas drilling process are creating, not just healthy solutions, but also economic opportunity. The Blossburg groundbreaking is another example of the environmental-economic partnership possible.

    Williamsport Sungazette

    http://www.sungazette.com/page/content.detail/id/555549/Where-economy-and-the-environment-meet.html

     

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    <![CDATA[More Marcellus Jobs en route to Tioga Co.]]>

    What They’re Saying: MSC on the Road, Shale Gas Industry Continues to Bring Hope to Rural Communities

    Fri, 10/22/2010 - 15:30

    It’s been another busy, fact-packed, job-creating week for the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC). From meetings with Luzerne County landowners, to a grand opening of a Westmoreland County facility, the MSC continues to engage and help educate key stakeholders, various coalitions, small businesses and folks just looking for an opportunity to join our industry’s efforts in delivering affordable, clean-burning energy for America — a key aspect of our ‘Guiding Principles’.
    Here’s what they’re saying about the economic activity that responsible Marcellus development is providing for the region’s workforce and small businesses.

    • “Now there is an opportunity and plenty of work that will be here for a long time”: “More than 100 local business people turned out to see how they can take advantage of the touted economic boom from Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction. Businesses ranging from engineering and restaurants to jewelers and electricians came to the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center to see what the new industry needs and whether they can provide it. The dollar amounts are eye-popping. A single well costs $4 million to complete. It requires 125 tons of cement, 5,000 tons of aggregate stone and 180 rail cars of sand. A Range Resources executive said more than 100 suppliers and contractors are needed to complete a well. Every mile of pipeline is another $1 million. … “We are an example of a local company that got involved in the play,” he said. “I came back to the area for this, and we all complain that our kids can’t come back. Now there is an opportunity and plenty of work that will be here for a long time.” (Scranton Times-Tribune, 10/22/10)
    • Local Business Hires 35, Opens Two New Offices for Marcellus-Related Work: “The Marcellus Shale offers tremendous economic opportunity for local small business owners, representatives of the Marcellus Shale Coalition said Thursday. … At a meeting with local business leaders… representatives from the natural gas drilling and pipeline industries offered advice on how to tap the well of opportunity offered by the shale gas industry. About 100 people attended the event. … Chris McCue, of Borton-Lawson, called his Wilkes-Barre-based environmental engineering firm a “story of a local company that’s been able to get involved in the play that didn’t have experience prior to the play developing.” McCue said development of the Marcellus Shale has given Borton-Lawson “a resume that we didn’t have a year and a half ago and helped the firm hire 35 employees since January, 20 of them directly linked to the drilling industry, and open branch offices in Towanda and Pittsburgh. (Wilkes-Barre Time Leader, 10/22/10)
    • MSC president “sees 90,000 new Pa. jobs by end of year”: “Promising thousands of jobs and decades of development, a natural gas drilling advocacy group says the change the industry will bring to Pennsylvania has only just begun. “I think it has happened quickly, but I think the coverage of it has been pervasive. I mean the interest in it has made it seem faster than it really is,” Marcellus Shale Coalition President Kathryn Klaber told The Times Leader on Wednesday. Natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale is not a “flash-in-the-pan gold rush,” Klaber said, but an industry that will add 90,000 jobs to Pennsylvania’s work force by the end of the year and will produce steady employment for decades to come.” (Wilkes-Barre Time Leader, 10/21/10)
    • “Marcellus Shale natural gas can give Pennsylvania energy security”: “Pennsylvania is facing a ‘huge opportunity’ with the development of the Marcellus Shale, but it also faces many more challenges in the coming year on several economic fronts, a state Chamber of Business and Industry executive believes. Gene Barr, vice president of Government and Public Affairs for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, was the keynote speaker at last night’s annual meeting of the Clinton County Economic Partnership. … “This area, along with the rest of the state where the Marcellus is, has the opportunity to see the biggest economic boom that Pennsylvania has seen in decades,” he said. … Marcellus Shale natural gas can give Pennsylvania energy security at a time when the state is now a huge exporter with of coal and nuclear power, he said. (Lock Haven Express, 10/14/10)
    • More Marcellus Jobs en route to Tioga Co.: “Ground was broken Thursday for a treatment plant that will allow wastewater produced by hydrofracturing for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale in Tioga County to be treated and reused “indefinitely,” according to Neil Hedrick, Hydro Recovery LP president. … Hydro Recovery LP is expected to begin operations in April, Hedrick said, and will employ 12 people. It also will create about 40 construction jobs while it is being built. Mike Hawbaker, owner of Hawbaker Engineering, is the plant’s designer. Since drilling began in the Marcellus Shale more than two years ago, his company has been able to add 200 jobs, he said. Hedrick said the facility is the first of about 12 the company plans to build in the region. (Williamsport Sun-Gazette, 10/22/10)
    • Chamber of Commerce: Marcellus Producers “are hiring local”: “Companies doing business in the Marcellus Shale are moving to the area and creating jobs for local workers. About 1,000 of the jobs were available at Saturday’s Marcellus Career Expo. … Companies were looking for, among other things, receptionists, sales staff, crane and heavy equipment operators, commercial drivers, general laborers, mechanics, drillers, derrick-hands, and engineers. “There are definitely local jobs available,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Jason Fink. “There are a lot of folks saying people are being brought in from out of state for these jobs. That’s not what we’re seeing from these companies. They are hiring local.” … Mark Farabee, district manager for Halliburton … said his company is expanding and anticipates hiring 300 people by the end of next year. … “The majority are local,” Morris said, adding, “We’re always looking to hire employees. I just hired 12 people within the last three or four days.” (Williamsport Sun-Gazette, 10/17/10)
    • Marcellus Jobs “reality, in some cases, is different from the talking points of the industry’s detractors”: “There were 20 companies there. They were offering about 1,000 jobs. They intend to hire local people. That was the format at Saturday’s Marcellus Career Expo. Besides offering opportunity, the expo offered a window into the reality of employment by the gas industry. That reality, in some cases, is different from the talking points of the industry’s detractors. … These companies do hire local people and will be hiring more of them. … While many of those hired may start out relatively low on the wage scale, they can make a lot of money within a couple years, perhaps in the $60,000 to $100,000 range. (Williamsport Sun-Gazette Editorial, 10/22/10)
    • Working Together, Educating the Community, Hiring Locally: “A gas industry engineer stressed the importance of working together to ensure Wayne County can get the most out of the Marcellus Shale at a Tuesday evening educational forum on natural gas drilling. The Wayne County Oil & Gas Task Force and the Penn State Cooperative Extension sponsored ‘Marcellus Well Drilling 101′ at the Honesdale High School. … He said Marcellus Shale in the county would bring opportunities to everyone. … He also said the process is so broad and complex that it would be impossible to not involve local workers. “We have to work together. I’m not able to transport a bunch of workers from Oklahoma,” he said. (Wayne Independent, 10/20/10)
    • Baker Hughes hiring for center: “Baker Hughes Inc. … said Thursday it is hiring an unspecified number of skilled laborers for its new $16 million repair and maintenance center in Hempfield, Westmoreland County. The 57,000-square-foot facility will support natural gas drilling and production in the Marcellus shale reserves in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, said spokeswoman Kathy Shirley. About 75 people so far work at the Hempfield center, part of a $250 million investment Baker Hughes is making to support its Marcellus operations, the company said. (Tribune-Review, 10/22/10)

     

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    <![CDATA[Construction Journal - new treatment plant]]> From Waste To Reuse Work Begins On Frack Water Treatment Plant In Tioga County
    Posted By: Jane Millar - Ground was broken Thursday for a treatment plant that will allow wastewater produced by hydrofracturing for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale in Tioga County to be treated and reused "indefinitely," according to Neil Hedrick, Hydro Recovery LP president. Hedrick and his family, along with state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger and local officials, staged the event o...
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    <![CDATA[Frackwater: From Waste to Reuse]]> Frackwater: From Waste to Reuse

    Posted on October 22, 2010 at 2:17 pm
    Filed Under Marcellus Shale Info., News | Leave a Comment

    New plant to treat Fracking-Wastewater

    Sun Gazette

    BLOSSBURG – Ground was broken Thursday for a treatment plant that will allow wastewater produced by hydrofracturing for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale in Tioga County to be treated and reused “indefinitely,” according to Neil Hedrick, Hydro Recovery LP president.

    Hedrick and his family, along with state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger and local officials, staged the event on the project site at the intersection of old Route 15 and Boone Run Road here.

    According to Hedrick, the $11.5 million facility will turn millions of gallons of wastewater into a product called “hydraulic stimulation fluid,” which may be reused in the fracking process after contaminants are removed.

    Read entire article here.

    http://coudynews.com/?p=10182

     

     

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    <![CDATA[FROM WASTE TO REUSE - Work begins on frack water treatment plant in Tioga County]]> FROM WASTE TO REUSE

    Work begins on frack water treatment plant in Tioga County

    October 22, 2010 - By CHERYL R. CLARKE cclarke@sungazette.com

    BLOSSBURG - Ground was broken Thursday for a treatment plant that will allow wastewater produced by hydrofracturing for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale in Tioga County to be treated and reused "indefinitely," according to Neil Hedrick, Hydro Recovery LP president.

    Hedrick and his family, along with state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger and local officials, staged the event on the project site at the intersection of old Route 15 and Boone Run Road here.

    According to Hedrick, the $11.5 million facility will turn millions of gallons of wastewater into a product called "hydraulic stimulation fluid," which may be reused in the fracking process after contaminants are removed.

    Hydro Recovery LP is expected to begin operations in April, Hedrick said, and will employ 12 people. It also will create about 40 construction jobs while it is being built.

    Mike Hawbaker, owner of Hawbaker Engineering, is the plant's designer. Since drilling began in the Marcellus Shale more than two years ago, his company has been able to add 200 jobs, he said.

    Hedrick said the facility is the first of about 12 the company plans to build in the region.

    "We intend to locate these facilities close to where they are needed so as to reduce the impacts of transportation and other costs," Hedrick said.

    According to Hanger, the process used by Hydro Recovery is changing the way the natural gas industry treats its wastewater "so it can be reused in the fracking process and no liquid will be discharged into the waters of the commonwealth."

    Hanger also said the industry's past practice of simply dumping wastewater into streams and rivers untreated is no longer possible.

    "The way the industry handled wastewater in the days prior to the Marcellus was, frankly, to allow the rivers and streams to dilute the untreated wastewater," he said.

    The process to be used in the new plant, developed by global engineering firm Siemans Water Technologies, will allow it to meet the tougher DEP regulations expected to go into effect soon.

    Hanger said it is important to "protect the water and environment of the commonwealth," which he said is just as important as the jobs the industry brings with it.

    http://www.sungazette.com/page/content.detail/id/555344/FROM-WASTE-TO-REUSE.html?nav=5011 

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    <![CDATA[INNOVATIVE NEW MANUFACTURING PLANT PROVIDES ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVE FOR MARCELLUS SHALE INDUSTRY]]> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    October 21, 2010

     

    Blossburg Plant Groundbreaking

    INNOVATIVE NEW MANUFACTURING PLANT PROVIDES ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVE FOR MARCELLUS SHALE INDUSTRY

    New Blossburg Hydro Recovery Plant provides Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid for the natural gas drilling process, protecting freshwater sources

    Blossburg, PA – The preservation of the midstate’s fresh water supply was substantially enhanced today as officials from Hydro Recovery LP (Hydro) conducted groundbreaking ceremonies for a new, $11.5 million manufacturing plant that will take wastewater from the Marcellus Shale drilling industry and turn it into a product called Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid (HSF™) for fracing future natural gas wells. 

    The state-of-the-art plant will employ over a dozen skilled, Pennsylvania technicians and reduce the amount of fresh groundwater used in the Shale drilling process, as well as reduce trucking and other environmental concerns for the growing natural gas industry in central and northern Pennsylvania.  Additional ancillary jobs will be created in the trucking, chemical and landfill businesses.

    Hydro Recovery LP is owned by DALK Land LP, of Blossburg, PA.  The firm’s president is Neil Hedrick, who noted that “the Blossburg facility is the first of approximately 12 regional plants that we have planned for construction across the state as part of our overall growth plan.  We intend to locate these facilities close to where they are needed so as to reduce the impacts of transportation and other costs.” 

    Hawbaker Engineering is serving as the Design – Builder Contractor for the project, with support from Kaufman Engineering, Siemens Water Technologies, Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. and G.M. McCrossin, Inc.  M&T Bank is providing financing for the project. 

    Hydro’s new Tioga County plant is expected to begin operations by April 2011 and, when operating at full capacity, will be able to transform nearly 300,000 gallons of waste water a day into clean, reusable ‘hydraulic stimulation fluid’, or HSF™, for the drilling industry.  The plant will save nearly 100 million gallons of fresh water from withdrawal from streams and aquifers each year, while preventing the discharge of nearly 100 million pounds of dissolved solids (TDS) into rivers and streams. 

    "This facility will change the way the natural gas industry treats its wastewater so it can be reused in the fracing process and that no liquid is discharged into the waters of the commonwealth," stated DEP Secretary Hanger. "Hydro Recovery is opening the door to a better future that enables Pennsylvania to utilize all of our resources in an effective and efficient way to protect our environment."

    Hydro’s innovative process, developed in conjunction with Siemens Water Technologies, substantially reduces harmful contaminates from so called “frac water” and enables drillers to reuse the water.  The “treated” water is processed into a product with specific parameters and then returned back to the drilling companies for future drilling.  By turning the dirty water into a product to be beneficially used, it cuts the amount of fresh water needed for the drilling process while also providing maximum protection for the gas reservoir.  Hydro Recovery is a ZERO discharge process that does not discharge treated waste water into the waterways, thereby helping to protect watersheds from additional pollution.

    “Seneca Resources looks forward to the unique opportunities Hydro Recovery is providing to the region in terms of flowback and production water management,” said Douglas A. Kepler, Manager – Regulatory and Facility Planning of Seneca Resources.  “Hydro has been working with us and other companies in the industry to provide the type and level of treatment necessary to meet completion needs.  We look forward to working with Hydro in the future” he said.

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

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    CONTACT:

    Teresa Irvin Copenhaver

    Business Development Manager

    717-343-9063

    Teresa.Copenhaver@HydroRecoveryLP.com

     

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

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    <![CDATA[Marcellus shale wells ... DEP taking steps to assure drilling safety]]> Marcellus shale wells ... DEP taking steps to assure drilling safety

    Monday, June 21, 2010

    By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer


    In the wake of the gas well blowout in Clearfield County, the state Department of Environmental Protection continues to investigate what more can be done to improve the safety Marcellus shale natural gas wells.

    "Although they are rare, we would like to see that it never recurs again," DEP spokesman Dan Spadoni said of gas well blowouts in a phone interview recently with The Progress.

    As of June 3, 12 Marcellus gas wells were drilled in Clearfield County this year, 21 in Centre County and one in Jefferson County, according to the DEP Web site.
    Spadoni said the cause of the Clearfield blowout is still under investigation so he can't comment on it specifically. But he said in general blowouts usually occur when there is a loss of control of the gas pressure, often due to a mechanical failure or human error.

    Because the Marcellus shale is often more than one mile underground, gas extracted from the layer is under tremendous pressure and if there is a loss of control of the pressure, blowouts can occur, Spadoni said.

    On June 3, at approximately 8 p.m. EOG Resources lost control of a well in Lawrence Township when it was preparing to extract natural gas from the well after hydraulically fracturing it.

    The blowout spewed natural gas and frac flowback water 75 feet into the air causing a fire hazard, and the frac water threatened to flow into tributaries of Little Laurel Run, according to DEP.

    Approximately 35,000 gallons of frac water were released from the well. Fortunately, it appears the water was contained prior to reaching any streams, but DEP continues to monitor the situation, according to DEP press releases.
    Handling such emergencies has become an industry of its own and Wild Well Control of Houston, Texas, one of the companies that was called in to bring the EOG well under control, is considering locating one of its emergency response teams in Clearfield, according to previous articles in The Progress.
    Wild Well Control provides firefighting, well control, engineering services and training services to oil and gas companies worldwide.

    Two years ago the Clearfield Municipal Authority sold a five-year lease on its Marcellus shale gas rights on land surrounding its reservoirs to Carrizo Oil and Gas of Houston. No wells have yet been drilled on the land and, despite the recent blowout, CMA manager Jeff Williams said he has little concerns over the safety of Clearfield's water supply. Williams said the CMA required the company to sign an ironclad agreement to protect the quality of water in its reservoirs.

    He said he is more concerned that a neighboring landowner would sell their gas rights with fewer protections than CMA's agreement than he is with any potential wells drilled on CMA land.

    To extract the natural gas from the formation, modern drilling techniques such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing were developed in the oil industry due to the depth of the Marcellus shale.

    To extract the gas, a well is drilled down 5,000-8,000 feet to the Marcellus shale layer. Once reaching the Marcellus shale layer the drill is turned and drills horizontally through the Marcellus shale layer to increase the yield of the well. The operators will drill in multiple directions from the original well shaft giving the well the appearance of spokes on a wheel, if viewed underground.

    To further increase yields, large amounts of water, often mixed with some sand, other materials and chemicals, are pumped down into the well to fracture the rock around the well channel and free up even more of the natural gas that is trapped in fissures in the shale rock.

    Drilling companies are required to release the contents of what it puts in its frac water.

    A list of the chemicals can be found on the DEP Web site at: www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/minres/oilgas/FractListing.pdf.

    Some of the water pumped into the well remains deep underground, but a portion of it will flow back to the surface. This is called frac flowback water.

    The amount of water that returns to the surface can vary considerably anywhere from 10 percent to 30-40 percent of what was pumped in, Spadoni said.

    Once it returns to the surface, frac flowback water contains high amounts of salts and can contain other chemicals and heavy metals so it is captured in lined lagoons or tanks for removal and treatment.

    Because Marcellus wells are so deep, the water that remains underground in the well poses little risk to the environment. Spadoni said he has heard of no instance of contamination caused by frac water that remained deep underground in the well.

    However, new regulations have been proposed to further strengthen the requirements for concreting and sealing the well channel to further reduce the chance of leakage of frac flowback water as it comes back to the surface, Spadoni said.

    Most frac water spills occur due to mechanical failures such as leaking pipes or liners, etc., Spadoni said. Damage caused by these spills depends on the size of the spill and how much of the water finds its way into waterways.
    When asked by The Progress about the risk of leakage, Spadoni said there should be no leakage of frac water if DEP regulations are followed correctly and equipment is properly maintained.

    As for the captured frac flowback water, DEP is proposing strict new regulations regarding its treatment requiring total dissolved solids to be no greater than 500 mg/l, if it is to be discharged into commonwealth waterways. The 500 mg/l of TDS standard is the same standard for drinking water.

    Last week the proposed regulations crossed its latest hurdle and was approved by the DEP's Independent Review Commission.

    The new regulations are scheduled to take into effect the start of next year.
    Due to the expense of treatment, many drilling companies recycle frac water, which requires less treatment than water being discharged to waterways.

    One such treatment facility is being proposed by Hydro Recovery LP to be placed in Lawrence Township along Airport Road near Clearfield Lawrence Township Airport. The facility will remove much of contaminants from the frac water and send it back out to be used for hydro-fracturing again, according to a previous article in The Progress.

    Some frac water is disposed of by deep well injection where the water is injected into deep underground wells. But there are few of such wells in the state because of its geology, Spadoni said. But Ohio does have some deep well injection sites.
    In addition to recycling water, drilling companies obtain water for hydro fracturing by drawing from area streams and waterways, wells or purchasing water from municipal water companies, Spadoni said.

    But to draw water from area waterways, the drilling company must first seek approval from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission to ensure the waterway isn't adversely affected by the draw down, according to Spadoni.

    The Clearfield Municipal Authority has been approached by a drilling company to purchase excess water from the Moose Creek Reservoir but no agreement has yet been made, Williams said at the CMA meeting earlier this month.

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    Mon, 21 Jun 2010 18:57:00 PDT http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=marcellus-shale-wells--dep-taking-steps-to-assure-drilling-safety http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=marcellus-shale-wells--dep-taking-steps-to-assure-drilling-safety http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=marcellus-shale-wells--dep-taking-steps-to-assure-drilling-safety
    <![CDATA[Frack water plans change in Blossburg]]> Hawbaker Engineering presented updated plans to the Blossburg Borough Council Monday, May 17, for a proposed hydrofracturing water recycling plant. Hydro Recovery LP, Shamokin Dam, would own the plant.

    Eric Kann, Hawbaker project manager and senior designer, introduced the final land development plans at the meeting. Council had granted permission last year to re-zone the project location from commercial to industrial.

    Kann said the changes included: moving an industrial dumpster closer to the process and adding an office, meeting room and showers. Trucks would drive around a loop, stopping at one of five bays to load and unload.

    Kann said the frack water, reclaimed from underground gas wells, would first enter a “wet well” where the heavy solids could settle. When asked, he said the well would be “open to the sky” to allow easier removal for gravel, etc.

    by Jason Przybycien
    przybycj@tiogapublishing.com

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    Thu, 20 May 2010 20:41:00 PDT http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=frack-water-plans-change-in-blossburg http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=frack-water-plans-change-in-blossburg http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=frack-water-plans-change-in-blossburg
    <![CDATA[Hydro Recovery LP launches website]]> Hydro Recovery LP launches website that offers information for environmentally safe alternatives for the treatment of natural gas flowback water

    May 5, 2010- (Blossburg) Hydro Recovery LP announced the launch of a new website – www.HydroRecoveryLP.com - to provide information to both customers and the general public about the environmentally safe and affordable solution the company offers for the treatment of natural gas production water.

    Hydro Recovery is a manufacturer of Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid (HSF).  The process uses high total dissolved solids fluids (HTDSF) which are classified as residual waste and processes it into a reusable HSF product.  The HTDSF are generated during the Marcellus Shale natural gas exploration and production process and is commonly referred to as "frac water," "flowback water" or "production water." 

    “Hydro Recovery is using the flowback water and production water from the natural gas industry as a raw material, cleaning it with a patented process, then customizing the resulting fluid (water) into a product for natural gas companies to use in the next hydraulic fracing of a natural gas well in the Marcellus Shale play,” said Neil Hedrick, president of Hydro Recovery.  By re-using the water and not discharging it into streams, Hydro Recovery provides an environmentally safe solution and protects the waters of Pennsylvania.

    The company intends to build its first plant in Blossburg borough, Tioga County where there is a concentrated amount of natural gas drilling.  Hydro Recovery is considering plant sites in approximately ten other sites strategically placed throughout the Marcellus Shale play in order to minimize truck traffic in local areas and to help save trucking expenses for the companies.  Each plant will create approximately 12-15 jobs and more indirect jobs in the trucking industry and its suppliers.

    Hydro Recovery has also developed a process to treat acid mine drainage (AMD) water so that it can be used in fracing of natural gas wells.

    Please follow Hydro Recovery LP on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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    Contact:

    Teresa Irvin Copenhaver

    717-343-9063

    Teresa.copenhaver@hydrorecoverylp.com

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    Mon, 17 May 2010 17:29:00 PDT http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=hydro-recovery-lp-launches-website http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=hydro-recovery-lp-launches-website http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=hydro-recovery-lp-launches-website
    <![CDATA[Plans For Wastewater Treatment Plant]]>

    Plans For Wastewater Treatment Plant

    Officials in Lawrence Township, Clearfield County, are supporting a plan for a hydrofracturing

    water treatment plant. Hydro Recovery is proposing to build the plant and has retained

    engineers Herbert, Rowland and Grubic Inc. The facility would

    treat the flow-back frac water. The plant would soften the water

    and remove any heavy metals. It would then add clean water to

    the treated water. The material would be loaded into the trucks

    and taken to be used to frac more wells. The plant would process

    300,000 gallons per day. There would be no discharge of water.

    Leftover sludge would be hauled to a landfill. Hydro Recovery

    currently has a similar plan under construction in Blossburg.

    To view the entire publication, click on the link:

    http://www.pottercountypa.net/natural_gas/DevelopmentsApril2010.pdf

     

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    Fri, 23 Apr 2010 19:55:00 PDT http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=plans-for-wastewater-treatment-plant http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=plans-for-wastewater-treatment-plant http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=plans-for-wastewater-treatment-plant
    <![CDATA[Lawrence Township Supervisors approve conditional use for Hydro Recovery]]> On Tuesday the Lawrence Township Supervisors made an approval that could spell the county’s first frac water treatment plant.

    These plants are built to treat water used in the gas well drilling process. It’s an industry that’s projected to take off in Clearfield County and the surrounding counties in the near future. With most of the frac water treatment centers located in other parts of the state, businesses located int he central counties must turn to transporting the fluid or treatment at permitted sites.

    Representatives on behalf of Hydro Recovery LP were at the supervisors’ meeting Tuesday. The proposed treatment facility would be located on Airport Road. It would initially take in 150,000 gallons a day and ship 300,000 out; this would result in about 25 in-bound trucks and 40 or so outbound trucks. In the plant’s second phase, these numbers would double.

    The plant would employee around 12 full-time workers.

    According to the Hydro RecoveryLP rep., it may be about a year-and-a-half before construction begins on the plant.

    Gantdaily.com
    Aaron Evans 

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    Wed, 17 Mar 2010 08:52:00 PDT http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=conditional-use-to-allow-frac-water-treatment http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=conditional-use-to-allow-frac-water-treatment http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=conditional-use-to-allow-frac-water-treatment
    <![CDATA[Frac water treatment plant could bring new jobs]]> More potential jobs may be in the works in Lawrence Township.

    The Lawrence Township Supervisors granted a conditional usage for Hydro Recovery at their meeting Tuesday David Hedrick of Hydro Recovery and Steven Beattie of Herbert, Rowland and Grubic Inc. engineering services spoke to the supervisors about Hydro Recovery, which is a proposed "frac water" treatment plant.

    Hedrick and Beattie are looking for conditional usage for a parcel of land near the Clearfield/Lawrence Airport on Airport Road for the plant.

    Hedrick said Hydro Recovery is working to have all the permits and paperwork in place, but whether the plant is built will depend on the amount of demand from the Marcellus Shale industry and the success of the company's plant in another location.

    The area is zoned light manufacturing/residential. A business, such as a frac water treatment plant, can be allowed, providing it is located on a lot which is at least 2 acres, is 200 feet wide, has a yard of 50 feet in the front and rear of the building and 40 feet on the sides. The plant would not be permitted to have any type of storage in the front or in the side yard.

    Hedrick said the plant will treat the flow-back frac water used to break the shale to release the gas.
    The plant will soften the water and remove any heavy metals. Hedrick said the plant would treat the frac water, then add clean water to the treated water. The water will then be reloaded into the trucks and taken to be used to frac more wells.

    Hedrick said if the plant is built, it will begin operations in two different phases. The first phase will handle about 25 trucks and treat 150,000 gallons of frac water per day. In phase two, the plant will handle about 50 trucks and 300,000 gallons of frac water per day. There would be no discharge of water from the plant and the leftover sludge will be hauled to a landfill.

    Beattie said construction on the plant could begin in 2011 or 2012 depending on the market for gas wells and the success of a plant which is presently under construction in Blossburg.

    He said Airport Road is a good location for the plant due to its close location to Interstate 80 and the lack of homes in the area.
    Hedrick said if the plant is constructed, it will employ about 12 people and create jobs in the trucking industry for drivers to take the frac water to the plant and to bring the treated water back to the well sites.

    Supervisor Glenn Johnston asked if the Clearfield Municipal Authority would be able to handle the amount of water the plant will be using. Supervisor Bill Lawhead said he had spoken to Jeff Williams from CMA and said Williams felt the authority is able to handle the additional water usage.

    Supervisor Ed Brown asked about a possible bond for Airport Road. He said the additional truck traffic would cause strain on the road. Beattie said Hydro Recovery would be willing to discuss a bond for the road.

    The Courier Express
    Kimberly Finnigan

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    Wed, 17 Mar 2010 08:49:00 PDT http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=frac-water-treatment-plant-could-bring-new-jobs http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=frac-water-treatment-plant-could-bring-new-jobs http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=frac-water-treatment-plant-could-bring-new-jobs
    <![CDATA[Lawrence planners hold hearing with company]]> A conditional use public hearing was held by the Lawrence Township Planning Commission last night in regard to an appeal submitted by Hydro Recovery LP.

    The company is planning on operating a light manufacturing facility along Airport Road. More specifically, the facility will treat water used for hydraulic fracturing in Marcellus shale gas wells. The only problem the planners had with the plans from Hydro Recovery was a 40-foot frontage, which has been changed to 50 feet.

    David Hedrick of Hydro Recovery LP and Steven Beattie of Herbert, Roland & Grubic Inc. engineers attended the meeting to answer questions and concerns of the board and the public. No members of the public attended the meeting.

    Hedrick explained the frac water used in the drilling process will be brought to this plant, recycled or "cleaned" and then sent back to other drilling sites. He said the plant would receive both truckloads of water and water through a pipeline. The water, which is referred to as hydraulic stimulation fluid, will be conditioned through a special process to take out contaminating chemicals.

    "We believe it's a perfect site for this type of use," Beattie said. Currently the company is constructing a similar plant in Blossburg and if that plant is successful, construction will begin on the plant in Lawrence Township in one to two years.

    Initially, the plant will be able to accept 25 trucks per day, or 150,000 gallons of water per day. The second phase of the project would double the capacity of the plant, but not double the footprint of the plant.

    Beattie said the plant would employ about 12 people, not counting the truck drivers and mechanics, and would be a viable operation for many years. This is because after a well is fractured the water continues to come out for many years and often wells are re-fractured later.

    Commission member Joyce Shirey asked how far away the trucks would come from, and Hedrick said the farthest distance would be 120 minutes away. He said that is the most cost-effective distance. Hydro Recovery expects to construct more plants as more Marcellus shale sites go up, and other companies are also constructing recovery plants.

    The plant would cost approximately $10 million and would take about five to six months to construct. Currently, full production at Blossburg is expected at the end of the year, and then the company will look at the Lawrence Township site.

    After the public hearing, the regular board meeting convened and it voted to accept the conditional use appeal and send the matter onto the supervisors for their approval. The Lawrence Township Supervisors will hold a public hearing next week prior to their regular meeting on the Hydro Recovery proposal.

    The next Lawrence Township Planning Commission meeting is April 13 at 7 p.m. in the township building.

    From The Progress
    Wendy B. Lynn

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    Wed, 10 Mar 2010 09:06:00 PST http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=lawrence-planners-hold-hearing-with-company http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=lawrence-planners-hold-hearing-with-company http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=lawrence-planners-hold-hearing-with-company
    <![CDATA[Hydro Recovery launches new website]]> Hydro Recovery LP (Hydro) announced today that it launched its new website to provide information to both its customers and the general public about who the company is, what it is doing, and how it will be an environmentally friendly solution and affordable solution for the treatment of natural gas frac water. 

    Hydro Recovery is a manufacturer of Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid (HSF™). The process will utilize high total dissolved solids fluids (HTDSF) which are classified as a residual waste and process it into a reusable HSF™ product. HTDSF is generated during the natural gas exploration and production activities and is commonly referred to as  "frac water," "flowback water," or "production water." 

    “Basically, the company is using the flowback and production water from the natural gas industry as a raw material, cleaning it with a patented process, then customizing the resulting fluid (water) into a product for natural gas companies to use in the next hydraulic fracing of a natural gas well in the Marcellus Shale play,” said Neil Hedrick, president of Hydro Recovery.  By reusing the water and not discharging the water into streams, Hydro provides a more environmentally solution by protecting the waters of Pennsylvania.

    The company intends to build its first plant in Blossburg, Tioga County where there is a lot of drilling taking place.  Simultaneously, the company is looking at approximately 10 other locations strategically placed throughout the Marcellus Shale play in order to minimize truck traffic in local areas and to help save on the trucking costs for the companies.  Each plant will create approximately 12-15 jobs with many more indirect jobs in the trucking industry and its suppliers.

    For more information contact: Teresa Irvin Copenhaver at 717-343-9063.

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    Tue, 16 Feb 2010 14:00:00 PST http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=hydro-recovery-launches-new-website http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=hydro-recovery-launches-new-website http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=hydro-recovery-launches-new-website
    <![CDATA[Blossburg council votes to change zoning for water plant]]> Borough council voted 4-1 with one abstention to change the zoning classification on a 10-acre parcel of land on the site adjacent to and behind the Kwik Fill gas station from commercial to heavy industrial so a fracking water treatment facility can possibly be constructed there.

    According to Taylor, the plant would remove "suspended solids" from the water used by the natural gas industry to "fracture" the Marcellus Shale natural gas "fairway" currently being developed in Tioga County.

    The plant would then sell the water back to the gas companies for re-use.

    The four voting in favor of the change were Tom Bogaczyk, Jeff Everett, Jim Bogaczyk, and council president Jerome Ogden, who noted that though he doesn't usually vote at council meetings he felt that he wanted to make his opinion known about the need for the change.

    Jill Nickerson was the sole opposing vote saying she had "struggled" for month with the decision, but after speaking with residents who live near the proposed plant, she had to vote "no" out of concern for them.

    Council member Cheryl Bubacz abstained as she works for the legal firm which represents Williamson Land Co., the developer working on the project.

    Before taking the vote, council heard from several people at the meeting Monday night, many of whom voiced their opposition to the change, fearful of noise and disruption from increased truck traffic.

    There also were unanswered questions about the chemicals used by the natural gas industry in its drilling operations for the natural gas trapped in the Marcellus Shale play.

    Borough resident Jeri Deming asked council how much research it had done in the month since it tabled a decision on the change at its August meeting.

    "The problem isn't with the water plant, it's with the drilling," she pointed out.

    Ogden told her and others that if they were concerned about the chemicals used in the drilling process they need to address the Department of Environmental Protection.

    "Beyond making the zoning change we have no control over anything," he said.

    As for the noise and dirt from increased truck traffic coming off Route 15, Ogden said that it would come whether a plant was constructed in the borough or not.

    "If they don't build here they will build somewhere else, possibly Morris Run or Arnot, and they will have to use the same exit," Ogden said. "They are drilling all over the place. It's progress and it is inevitable," he said.

    Richard "Rusty" Taylor, of Linden, vice president of Hydro-Recovery LP, a newly formed subsidiary of RNS Services, Blossburg, is working with the Williamson Land Co. to get the $6 million facility constructed. He said the zoning change was merely "the first step" of many approvals that would be needed before ground is ever broken for the plant.

    One such permit needed is a "consumptive use" water permit from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission to use water from Johnson Creek, Taylor said.

    The water is already being used by Ward Foundry for cooling before it is then discharged back into the creek, "slightly warmer than when it was taken out," Taylor said.

    "Our intention is to intercept that water and use it for this purpose," he said, but no water from the operation will ever be discharged back into the creek, he added.

    "This will be a zero-liquid discharge. We are not going to discharge into the stream. We treat it, dilute what remains and sell it back," he said.

    If the SRBC decides the creek cannot sustain that kind of usage, then the permit will not be issued, he said, and "may be an issue that prevents this facility from operating."

    Taylor said the affirmative decision will allow the "process to continue."

    Taylor recommended residents visit the Web site www.pamarcellus.com for more information about the drilling process and the chemicals used.

    From the Sun Gazette
    Cheryl Clarke

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    Tue, 15 Sep 2009 13:33:00 PDT http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=blossburg-council-votes-to-change-zoning http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=blossburg-council-votes-to-change-zoning http://www.hydrorecoverylp.com/index.php?section=news&id=blossburg-council-votes-to-change-zoning