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AOP Clearwater is building a water treatment plant that will be used to recycle wastewater from Marcellus shale drilling in the Fairmont, West Virginia area. Gas drilling water will be reused as frac water. The plant will use distillation crystallization to to reclaim 80% of the drilling water, with the remaining percentage lost through evaporation.

The facility, AOP's first, will open in July, 2009.

A March, 2010 news item mentioned that the facility, located just outside of Fairmont, became fully operational in November, 2010.

Contaminated water is trucked in, emptied, and the truck can be reloaded with reclaimed water in a matter of only a few minutes. The salt that is removed can be reused to treat winter roads.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection now requires gas producers to report the disposal, treatment and source of frac water. AOP provides an automated tracking system for making these reports.

  • Louis Bonasso is company President.
  • Rob Bealko is the Fairmont Operations Manager.
  • Scott Lysko is AOP's Fairmont Plant Manager.
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