The Athens Township supervisors will hold a hearing this evening on Integrated Water Technologies Inc.'s proposal to construct a plant to treat for waste water from hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking," a township supervisor said.
Integrated Water Technologies has submitted a conditional use application to construct the plant on Wilawana Road in Athens Township, at the site of the old Hoover farm, said E. Maurice Fay, vice-president of the Athens Township supervisors.
In the past, another company, Somerset Regional Water Resources LLC of Tunkhannock, had proposed constructing a plant for the same purpose at the same site, but the supervisors had rejected its conditional use application, Fay said.
Fay said he had voted against Somerset's application because there are people living very close to the site on private well water, and he said he was concerned there might be a spill or other incident that would contaminate their wells.
"Accidents can happen," he said.
While there is city water in the area of the proposed plant, it is up to the individual homeowner to decide if he or she wants to hook up to it, he said.Read More: