GreenHunter says permit, weather delaying construction of frack - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

GreenHunter says permit, weather delaying construction of frack water recycling plant

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Mercer County Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Charges

    Mercer County Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Charges

    Friday, August 22 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-08-22 17:15:17 GMT
    Joseph Inman pleads guilty to sex chargesJoseph Inman pleads guilty to sex charges
    In Mercer County a man facing disturbing charges involving children appeared in court Friday, August 22 for a plea hearing.Joseph Inman pleaded guilty to 64 counts of possession of material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.He is facing two to ten years and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.He will be sentenced in October.He was arrested back in December of last year.
    In Mercer County a man facing disturbing charges involving children appeared in court Friday, August 22 for a plea hearing.Joseph Inman pleaded guilty to 64 counts of possession of material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.He is facing two to ten years and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.He will be sentenced in October.He was arrested back in December of last year.
  • Pick-up rolls on top along WV Turnpike near Ghent

    Pick-up rolls on top along WV Turnpike near Ghent

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:38 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:38:07 GMT
    Officials said that the weather could be the cause of an accident that happened at around 9:15 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. The driver of the pick-up truck apparently lost control after hydroplaning.
    Officials said that the weather could be the cause of an accident that happened at around 9:15 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. The driver of the pick-up truck apparently lost control after hydroplaning.
  • Fire Destroys Home in Raysal, WV

    Fire Destroys Home in Raysal, WV

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:22 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:22:31 GMT
    Fire Destroys Home in McDowell CountyFire Destroys Home in McDowell County
    Crews responded to the scene of a house fire in Raysal, McDowell County at around 1:30 a.m. on Friday, August 22. The house was next to the State Road Garage and near the car wash as you're going towards Bartley.The Raysal Fire Department, Bradshaw Fire Department and the War Fire Department all responded to the scene. The McDowell Authority EMS were also on scene. Emergency dispatchers said the fire rekindled at around 6 a.m. The scene was clear by 7 a.m.No one was home at the time of the fi...
    Crews responded to the scene of a house fire in Raysal, McDowell County at around 1:30 a.m. on Friday, August 22. The house was next to the State Road Garage and near the car wash as you're going towards Bartley.The Raysal Fire Department, Bradshaw Fire Department and the War Fire Department all responded to the scene. The McDowell Authority EMS were also on scene. Emergency dispatchers said the fire rekindled at around 6 a.m. The scene was clear by 7 a.m.No one was home at the time of the fi...

Officials with GreenHunter Water says they can't begin construction of their fracking water recycling plant in Warwood until the U.S. Coast Guard signs off on their permit and the weather improves.

Once those two things happen, GreenHunter Vice President John Jack said they will be ready to build.

"Really, it's no longer proposed, it is what were going to do," Jack said. "Hanging on my wall right here is a permit to construct it. We've been through the permitting process already."

Jack's comments came in the wake of rumors that the project had been scrapped. Jacks said there's no truth to those reports.

"Everybody and my grandmother has called," he said. "Those rumors were generated by a Facebook account, there's absolutely no legitimacy to what they're saying. We have every (plan) to move forward, but there are two things currently preventing us from starting – we can't start site development under these weather conditions, we're going to wait for the weather to get better than it is right now, and we need the approval of the U.S. Coast Guard. It's not if we're going to start construction, it's when."

Even if the Coast Guard approvals were to come in the next few weeks, Jack said nothing can be done at the site until the weather improves and the ground thaws.

"We have site improvements to do, containments that have to be built, asphalt … those are things you can't do in this type of weather, when the ground is frozen."

Jack pointed out the plant will operate with "a completely closed-loop system, no on-site fluids from rainwater or anything can escape the site. They'll be collected underground and put back in the tank for ultimate reuse."

Whether the fracking water is reused or stored depends on the producer, he said.

"This is a very unique project, only because the recycling center is also connected to our barging terminal," he said. "If they don't need (to reuse it) we can ultimately get rid of it for them through deep well injection."

He figures construction will take four to five months to complete once they get the all-clear.