Company changes proposed site for Hanover tank farm

February 26, 2014

A Marcellus Shale company is setting its sights on a new location for a frackwater tank farm in Hanover Township after local residents shot down the most recent proposal.

Hydro Recovery LP, which recycles water used in the hydraulic fracturing process, withdrew its application for a 20-acre plot in Florence between Old Steubenville Pike and Route 22 – land residents argued was too close to their homes and the township park.

Now, the Blossburg-based company is hoping to develop land across from Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse on Route 18. While the company has not formally submitted its application for the new site, it entered into a sales agreement with the property owner, 1822 Land Company LTD.

David Hedrick, vice president of site development for Hydro Recovery, said the site across from Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse was not open for negotiation until recently. He said Hydro Recovery officials made a quick decision to change the location, and they briefed planning commission members on the new proposal at a meeting Tuesday night.

“This all happened relatively fast,” Hedrick said. “It’s going to take us some time to put together the application.”

Hedrick said the new proposed site would allow the company to avoid truck traffic issues that were anticipated for the Florence location. Residents living on Steubenville Pike worried about the potential dangers of 150 trucks traveling up and down their street daily. Trucks would instead access the new proposed site from Route 18.

“This new location also has better access to public utilities, and it’s better truck access,” Hedrick said.

Florence resident Pam Chappell, who was an outspoken critic of Hydro Recovery’s previous proposed site, said the location change is a victory for residents.

“Everybody seemed to be pretty happy with this because it’s away from everybody’s homes,” Chappell said.

Chappell said other residents told her that fighting against the company would be a lost cause. However, Chappell said she hopes this will set precedent in Hanover Township and show residents “it’s not always a done deal, and your voice does matter.”

Emily Petsko joined the Observer-Reporter as a staff writer in June 2013. She graduated from Point Park University with a dual bachelor's degree in journalism and global cultural studies.

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