Pa. Water Plants Fined by EPA for Drilling Waste
Washington PA Observer Reporter
24 May 2013
CANONSBURG – Two wastewater plants, which merged into a company
that was later acquired by Canonsburg-based Aquatech, were fined
by the federal Environmental Protection Agency for discharging
natural gas drilling wastewater into the Allegheny River or
tributaries that feed it.
The fines are contained in a consent agreement with Hart Resources
Technology Inc. and Pennsylvania Brine Treatment Inc., which ran
the plants in Indiana and Venango counties when the discharges
occurred between February 2007 and August 2011.
This was before the two merged to form Fluid Recovery Services, an
Indiana County operator of a network of central, satellite and
mobile water management services in the Marcellus and Utica Shale
Aquatech, a global leader in water treatment technology and
service solutions, said May 13 that it had acquired FRS.
Ann Seamonds, president of Seamonds & Co., a Boston firm that
handles public relations for Aquatech, said in a news release that
Hart Resources and Brine Treatment paid the fines. She added that
the issues occurred before FRS was formed and that FRS operates in
compliance with regulatory requirements.
In a news release announcing the acquisition two weeks ago,
Aquatech said FRS provides environmentally compliant and
economically viable water management services, as well as numerous
water management service options such as storage, transport
services (rail and truck) and disposal (nonreturn) across the
PBT and HRT had a 25-year history of providing water management
services to the oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania and had
treated more water than any other service provider in the
Marcellus and Utica Shale region.