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Monday, January 14, 2013

Wastewater Treatment Facility Planned For Ulysses Site

Wastewater Treatment Facility Planned For Ulysses Site

wastewatertankersA water treatment facility, “Headwaters Reclamation Project,” is planned for a site in northern Potter County this year. According to information presented to the Potter County Planning Commission, the plant will be built on a 34-acre tract off Rt. 49, just south of Ulysses. Plans call for a 10.5-acre, “zero-discharge” recycling facility to serve companies providing water for gas drilling across a wide area. The plant will run ‘round the clock and treat a maximum of 420,000 gallons per day. Major components include a 1.1 million gallon brine tank and a 1.16 million gallon treated water tank. Contaminated hydraulic fracturing waste water will be trucked to the facility and the recycled water will be resold for additional use in gas wells.

Operator is RevH2O, LLC. A Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) spokesman said approval from that agency is on hold, pending bond submission. David Kailbourne from RevH2O, speaking to the Planning Commission, said the plant will “press” the solids out of the dirty water. They will be kept in a holding tank until they are transferred to a licensed landfill. About 10,000 pounds of sludge will be trucked from the site every two days.

There will be four bays, each equipped with a canopy and surrounded by a trench for catching any water that spills. Each bay will also contain a catch basin for drips and or spills. Under the concrete, there will be a safety membrane for extra protection against spills getting into the ground water. The treatment process is described by RevH2O as “completely mechanical, chemical-free, with zero emissions.” The property where REVH2O LLC plans to build the plant was acquired from James and Sandra Hoopes on Nov. 15. 

An economic development grant from the Ben Franklin Technology Partnership is part of the funding package.

County planners expressed concerns about the high volume of tanker truck traffic that will be using Rt. 49 and the connecting road to the plant. Because Ulysses Township has adopted its own Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, the county has no regulatory authority. 

Next public program sponsored by the Potter County Natural Gas Resource Center will focus on oil and gas wastewater treatment and related topics. Details will be announced.

17 comments :

Anonymous said...

The destruction of Potter County has begun!!
God help us all!!

Anonymous said...

hum I wonder where this ten acres are? was this to be the golf course?

Anonymous said...

What a DumbA@# spot for this, you couldn't get any farther from the drilling activity. Now Ulysses is going to be bombarded with truck's all the time. Really glad i dont live on rte 49.

Anonymous said...

Let's have a show of hands for how many people showed up when it was publicly announced that the Potter County Planning Commission was having a public meeting on this. And the answer is: ZERO.
As for the Ulysses Township Planning Commission, everyone know it is a joke (a BAD joke) and a tool for some vested interests and "wacky" zealots to twist public policy to suit their own narrow agendas. And as Walter Kronkightlinger said, "that's the way it is."

Anonymous said...

thats the hoopes' for ya!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow. Potter county roads in winter for these idiots that havent seen a REAL potter county storm yet...Thats a whole lot of trucks full of shit that will kill you on the road for nothing to happen. Just saying

Anonymous said...

Who benefits from this?

More water trucks tearing up the roads. Possibly higher taxes?

This decision will Lower the value of real estate in Ulysses.

What a bunch of BS.

Anonymous said...

Ulysses Township Planning Commission? You gotta be kidding me.
That township (starting with the Supervisors Board) has been completely taken over by self-interest and, well, as the one writer put it, "wackyness." No names mentioned.
What I find incredible is that so many people, GOOD people (I know some of them), have sat back and allowed this hijacking of their local government to occur.
A township supervisor should not have a vote or direct (personal) influence on public policy if such a vote or policy directly affects him (such as if he or a relative is going to lease property for a giant turbine or strike a deal for a water treatment plant).
Ulysses Township is head and shoulders above every other township and borough around this region as a laughing stock and a textbook case of greed and self-interest trumping the public interest.
And the township has its own Planning Commission? LMAO!

Anonymous said...

its the lot on lou browns across from the loucks mills road. next to wetlands. boy that shouldnt b a problem for them guys!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The property on which this will be constructed is located on Rt. 49, not far from the Cabinet shop. Hoopes sold the property to this company - and of course, those of us who have attended township meetings know that attendance and speaking up at township and planning commission meetings mean nothing. The morons who sit on this board (I didn't vote for them) do what they do only to benefit themselves. It's sad.

Anonymous said...

As poster one said:



The destruction of Potter County has begun!!
God help us all!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 6:12:00 AM EST

Anonymous said...

With all this sludge, gas/oil being sucked out of the ground, won't it cause sinkholes?

Really??? said...

YOU people posting are the joke!

You don't want the water taken from the streams or ponds for well fracking, now you do not want it to be recycled? You can not have it both ways people.

The gas industry is here and they have invested too much money to just walk away because you do not want them in our area, I guess you should have purchased the land and then you could have had it the way you wanted it. Put up or shut up!!

I guess the old saying is true even today, the ones with not one dime invested do the most bitching!
I don't care who this land was purchased from stop blowing the Hoopes family and get a life people!

And does the poster that made the remark about a township supervisor not being able to vote not realize that this has happened for years in other local boro's and townships? You just abstain from voting, that does not mean you can not have an opinion on the matter, duh!

You all complain because your taxes keep going up, well wake up. With fewer businesses in our area paying commercial property taxes they are going to continue to go up because the county continues to need more money to operate!

Here is an idea, why don't all you nay sayers invest in businesses in our area so people can get on here and tear you down?

Anonymous said...

Well said 9:45.... People in this county don't want anything to happen here. Getting to be too many stupid people here. Beginning to think its time to go somewhere else because you can't fix stupid and there's just way too much of it here.

Anonymous said...

SEE YA!!!!

Anonymous said...

1 radioactive accident that causes permanent evacuations of your homes and all you pro-drill babies will be on here saying "we told you it was a terrible idea". That or you will blame it on something else. Its never the gas guys

Anonymous said...

people live here because it's a quiet place.. They get by with what they have.. If your looking to get rich move away this is rural area. suppose to be quiet an relaxing. Fracking isn't quiet and it's very very very unnerving, People just don't live in these areas because they enjoy the noise of trucks an generators they live here to hear the crickets...