Vantage Energy Cuts $30M Deal to Expand Water Plant in Greene Co.

An interesting story from southwestern Pennsylvania. Vantage Energy has signed a $30 million deal with the Southwestern Pennsylvania Water Authority (SPWA) in Greene County to expand the SPWA’s water plant. The expansion will allow the plant to increase water deliveries from 9.2 million gallons per day to 16.1 million gallons. The expansion will also mean new water pipelines will be run to areas not previously covered by SPWA. Vantage will get access to water for its active drilling program in the county (they own 48,000 net acres in Greene County) along with some revenue from a surcharge that will be levied to other oil and gas drillers who want to purchase water from SPWA. The SPWA will get a major expansion and new pipelines to service residents in the county not currently served–along with a new revenue source in selling more water to drillers. The SPWA gets its water from the Monongahela River. Sounds like a good deal with winners all around–except last month Vantage Energy put itself up for sale (see Marcellus Driller Vantage Energy Puts Itself Up for Sale). So how does spending $30 million square with a company attempting to sell itself?…

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