WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) urged Hydro Recovery LP to choose Butler County as a site for a water recycling facility to aid in the development of Pennsylvania’s natural gas resources. Recent reports indicate that Hydro Recovery is considering Butler County as a possible site for a plant, which would directly create jobs in the County and spur further job creation in Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry.
“Because of its natural resources, existing infrastructure and proximity to a strong workforce, Butler County is the ideal site for a new water treatment facility,” said Senator Casey. “I urge Hydro Recovery to strongly consider Butler County, and I stand ready to assist in any way possible to spur job creation in southwestern Pennsylvania.”
The plant Hydro Recovery is considering building in Butler County would recycle wastewater from the oil and gas industry so it could be reused to extract natural gas from the Marcellus Shale reserves, helping drillers extract less fresh water from Pennsylvania’s rivers and reservoirs.
Senator Casey’s full letter to Hydro Recovery President and CEO Eddie Lauth is below:
Mr. Eddie Lauth
President and CEO
Hydro Recovery, LLP
7 Riverside Plaza
PO Box 22
Blossburg, PA 16912
Dear Mr. Lauth,
It is my understanding that Hydro Recovery is strongly considering expanding into the southwestern Pennsylvania market, specifically in Butler County. Because of its natural resources, existing infrastructure and proximity to a strong workforce, Butler County is the ideal site for a new water treatment facility. The construction and operation of a new facility in southwestern Pennsylvania would meet the needs of the natural gas industry and stimulate economic growth. The purpose of this letter is to encourage you to move forward with the development of this new facility.
I have been advised that Hydro Recovery provides new technology which enables customers to treat and reuse waste water resulting from the hydraulic fracturing process. Accordingly, with the increased reuse of waste water, the demands on Pennsylvania’s natural water resources are decreased. Even though natural gas drilling operators receive the majority of public attention when it comes to the economic benefits of Marcellus Shale development, ancillary businesses such as Hydro Recovery are creating good paying jobs. Additionally, I would like to applaud Hydro Recovery for its investment in other areas of Pennsylvania, including Tioga and Bradford Counties.
I strongly urge Hydro Recovery to consider Butler County, and I stand ready to assist in any way possible to spur job creation in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Robert P. Casey, Jr.
United States Senator