Casella and Fracking Waste

Casella Forms Joint Venture to Pursue Fracking Wastewater

March 12, 2013

Under the entity Casella-Altela Regional Environmental Services (CARES), the companies have established a pilot treatment operation adjacent to Casella Waste’s McKean County landfill in Mount Jewett, PA, which is utilizing landfill gas to dry sludge extracted from the wastewater. The landfill also accepts solids extracted from the wastewater.


New “Green” Fracking Wastewater Plant in McKean County, PA

A new joint partnership is announced to provide a solution to environmental issues surrounding treatment of mineral-laden brackish water from Marcellus Shale drilling.

A partnership between Casella Waste Systems Inc., Rutland VT and Altela Inc., privately held water desalination company in Albuquerque NM forms Casella-Altela Regional Environmental Services LLC. It will recycle brackish oilfield and natural gas wastewater into clean distilled water for future use. The clean water will be the same quality as rainwater and can be recycled or reused in oil and gas operations, it’s noted.

Altela will provide technology to clean the brackish water to a quality higher than state and Federal standards. Casella will provide the working infrastructure and operational facilities for the treatment facility.


In another foray by a waste services company into the oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) market, Casella Waste Systems, Inc. (Rutland, VT) and Altela, Inc. (Albuquerque, NM) have formed a joint venture to manage the wastewater generated by hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” for oil and gas. Casella-Altela Regional Environmental Services (CARES) has set up its initial wastewater treatment operation adjacent to Casella Waste’s McKean County landfill in Mount Jewett, Pennsylvania, which is providing landfill gas to fuel the operations at the wastewater facility.


Casella Waste Systems, a landfill operator that is building a recycling and disposal plant for fracking waste in McKean County, in Pennsylvania, said it could easily build similar plants at two of its landfills in New York if there is sufficient demand for treatment.

Some environmental groups argue that, based on how New York now handles waste from conventional drilling, the state would be ill-prepared to deal with the enormous amount of wastewater produced by thousands of fracked wells.



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