OH Village Wants a Fracking Water Treatment Plant

Mingo Junction, a small village along the Ohio River in Jefferson County, Ohio is looking to tap into revenue from the Marcellus and Utica Shale drilling industry spouting up around it. The mayor and village council are trying to locate alternative sources of revenue since the local steel mill closed, leaving the village in a lurch after constructing a new water treatment plant specifically at the mill’s request. Mingo Junction is looking to leverage the one thing it has plenty of—water.

[Mayor Domenic] Chappano said he is looking to attract a plant that will treat water from the Marcellus and Utica shale gas drilling operations. The village also is looking to finalize a contract with LBG Land Services for the purchase of water. LBG Land Services is currently working to secure water-purchase agreements on behalf of companies interested in drilling for natural gas and oil.

The village may be able to sell a minimum of 3 million gallons of untreated water to LBG Land Services at a cost of $10 per 1,000 gallons. The amount could increase to a minimum of 6 million gallons of water in the second year of the proposed deal. If the contract is approved, the village could receive a minimum of $60,000 a year based on the 6 million gallons of water.

Village Solicitor Kristopher Haught said he is waiting to get the final contract revisions back from LBG so council can sign the agreement. He said LBG will have the exclusive right to get water from Mingo Junction.*

*Steubenville The Herald-Star (Aug 10, 2011) – Mingo wants to tap into drilling dollars

  • Anonymous

    Selling water? – fine.  Treating water? – no thanks.  Why this is even considered I have no idea when disposal wells work just fine for disposing of frack water.  Why create a process that puts it back into the the Ohio River or a creek, with the possibility of leaving something in the water.  I wish Ohio EPA would just ban treatment of frack water and focus on permitting deep disposal wells.

  • Anonymous

    Hey all the West Virginia town boards that are running around to rescind your ignorant votes for ” No Drilling” in my little town attitude. Take note that their are plenty of small towns that will blow right past you all ( Ex. New Waterford, Ohio) trying to capitalize on their resources for their communities and get the economic train moving again.A big attaboy to Mayor Chappano for his forward thinking, for his town and people.

  • Unfortunately, you can’t just put a disposal well anywhere you want – one of the big reasons PA cannot dispose of its frac water and has to treat it.
    If there are no suitable locations nearby, good for these guys to be enterprising enough to cash in on a major need.

  • Anonymous

    Simple answer to all of this is a Canadian drilling Company named ” Gas Frac” without getting in to all the particulars,  this company is  leading the ” clean” drilling campaign. Google them and see their state of the art technique and the use of ” Chemical free” products used for extracting the Gas.

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