Wastewater Treatment Facility Planned For Ulysses SiteA 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.