Thursday, June 4, 2009

Wastewater treatment plant proposed


Wednesday, June 3, 2009 3:14 AM EDT
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has
received a permit application for a water treatment plant to treat
wastewater from the natural gas well drilling process in Athens

The application for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
(NPDES) permit was received by DEP from Somerset Regional Water
Resources LLC of Tunkhannock on May 15, according to Dan Spadoni, a
spokesman for DEP’s North Central Regional Office in Williamsport.

The proposed site for the water treatment plant is a lot in the Valley
Business Park off of Wilawana Road, which is currently a cornfield,
according to an Act 14 notification of the application received by the
Bradford County Office of Community Planning and Grants. Act 14
notifications are received by the county on a variety of projects,
such as water withdrawal, water discharge and water crossings,
according to Ray Stolinas, Bradford County planning director. Stolinas
said that while the county has received notifications for water
withdrawals, the planned Athens Township facility is the first
proposed water treatment and discharge site in the county.

If constructed, the plant would employ an estimated 30 people, the
notification stated, with a start date for construction listed as fall
of 2009. The plant will treat up to a million gallons of wastewater
produced in the gas well drilling process a day before discharging it
into the Chemung River, Spadoni said.


  1. Gosh! That's less water treatment capacity than the water used in fracking one well.

  2. Good post! Thanks for sharing this information I appreciate it. God bless!

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