Hearing planned for Marcellus Shale recycling facility in Smith

September 20, 2013
TerraAqua Resource Management is requesting a conditional-use permit from Smith Township to build a Marcellus Shale liquid waste recycling center at this site on Max Drive. - Mike Jones / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

Smith Township officials are holding a public hearing Monday night before considering whether to allow a Marcellus Shale wastewater and fluid recycling facility to be built in the municipality.

Williamsport-based TerrAqua Resource Management is requesting the conditional approval to build the facility at 200 Max Drive, just off Bulger-Candor Road near the village of Bulger.

According to the original zoning application filed by the company July 8, the recycling facility would allow for “mechanical and chemical transportation of raw materials or substances (drilling fluids) into new products or other raw materials (reuse drilling water, salt, filter cake).”

Quay Schappell of TARM did not return a phone message seeking comment on the facility. The application is addressed from a location in Montgomery, Pa.

Zoning Officer William Tohey rejected the original application July 16 because it was not a conforming use of the industrial zoned area. However, the company applied for the conditional use of the location July 18.

“The facility will accept transported water from oil and gas drilling industry, filter and treat the water to an acceptable level to be transported to the well pads,” the application states.

It’s not known what conditions township officials might set for the recycling facility if it’s approved. Smith Township Board of Supervisors Chairman Tom Schilinski did not return a phone call to discuss the public hearing.

According to its application, the facility will have gravel access roads and a concrete pad area to load and unload materials. The area would also have water storage tanks with containment berms and liners to prevent leaks. The company plans to build a temporary structure to hold processing equipment.

The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Monday in the Slovan VFW, 65 Run St. Anyone wishing to be heard on the issue may speak at the meeting.

Mike Jones has been a news reporter since 2005, covering crime, state and municipal government, education and energy. In addition to working at the Observer-Reporter, he also has spent time at the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail and Patch.com. He holds a journalism degree from West Virginia University.

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