A New Jersey company had plans (and a permit) to build a Marcellus Shale wastewater treatment plant in North Fayette, PA that would process between 1/2 and 1 million gallons of fracking wastewater per day. The plant would use the wastewater to produce road salt, sidewalk de-icer, roadway dust suppression liquids and other products. One small problem: there may be tiny trace amounts of arsenic, lead, mercury and other nasty compounds in the final products.
The Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection granted Integrated Water Technologies a permit last August to build the plant and sell the salts and liquids manufactured from wastewater for use throughout the state. However, anti-drilling group PennFuture appealed the permit and now the DEP is backpedaling and “quietly” rescinded the permit by publishing a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Saturday. Will the plant still be built?