Seneca Resources to process oil, gas wastewater

JAMES CITY – Seneca Resources is planning a project to process oil and gas wastewater in Highland Township.In a letter to the Highland Township Board of Supervisors, Seneca said it is planning to "install and operate a zero liquid discharge concentrator" that would "process oil and gas wastewater."The site for the unit is located in the vicinity of Seneca's Marcellus Shale natural gas wells on State Game Lands near Owl's Nest in a remote section of Highland Township.According to Seneca, the "concentrator" will be operated under a permit issued by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The unit will process oil and gas wastewater that is "generated during drilling and extraction of natural gas."Seneca said "solids" produced by the unit are considered "residual waste" and will be "properly disposed at a licensed solid waste disposal facility.""Water vapor will be discharged to the atmosphere," Seneca told the supervisors. "Some portion of the water vapor will be condensed to liquid form for recycle/reuse" in the hydraulic fracturing and extraction of natural gas at drilling and production sites. The non-potable water is called "makeup water," according to Seneca.Doug Kepler, vice president for environmental engineering for Seneca, invited the supervisors to contact his office "if you have any concerns or questions."Seneca is the exploration division of National Fuel Gas of Williamsville near Buffalo.Highland Township Supervisors Charlie Vaughn, Jack Vanderneck and Paul Burton Sr. discussed the Seneca letter Wednesday at a meeting at the township building in James City.In related business at the meeting, the supervisors:*Discussed pending state legislation on Marcellus Shale wells.*Discussed conditions on Pig's Ear Road and other township roads impacted by the heavy truck traffic linked with the Seneca wells at Owl's Nest.See full article by purchasing the Feb. 9 edition of The Kane Republican.