1st step taken to sell Kane sewer water to drillers

The Kane Borough Sewer Authority voted 3-0 Monday to take what has been called "the first step" in a plan to sell treated sewage water to drillers of Marcellus Shale natural gas wells.Dave Peterson, the new chairman of the five-member authority, joined with board members Frank Wojcik and Phil Lingenfelter in authorizing KLH Engineers of Pittsburgh to prepare water sale permit applications with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).Kane Mayor Doug Caldwell, also a board member, did not attend the authority meeting at the borough building along Bayard Street. The authority now has only four members due to the death last month of Jim Salvamoser.According to a notice from KLH, it appears that fees for the permit work are estimated at about $13,000. Additional engineering and construction costs are estimated at between $20,000 to $30,000 for the water sale proposal.Erik Ross, a local attorney who serves as solicitor for the board, said the authority will need to "sell a lot of water to make that back."See full article by purchasing the Jan. 17 edition of The Kane Republican.