Rep. Cera And Sen. Gentile Host Innovative Technology Meeting
Technology may benefit coal, oil & gas industries
January 18, 2013
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State Representative Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) and State Senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) recently co-hosted a meeting in Columbus where North American Coal Company and Crown LLC gave a presentation on an innovative technology used for cleaning water. The presentation was given before several state agencies including the Ohio EPA, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and representatives from Governor Kasich’s office.


Rep. Cera organized the meeting after recent conversations with Mark McVey, the Mayor of Powhatan Point, regarding the treatment of water run-off from local “gob piles,” or refuse material created by past coal mine activity. After being treated, the water run-off from local gob piles is being injected in abandoned mines throughout eastern Ohio to meet EPA water standards.


“To me, this was a very productive meeting and an important first step,” Rep. Cera said. “I want to publicly thank everyone for their time and consideration. This technology possesses the safeguards necessary for protecting the environment and provides a viable solution for dealing with waste water from mining, oil, and gas drilling. I am hopeful that we can be a strong partner in moving this endeavor forward for the benefit of Ohioans and all interested parties.”


Limited space has the North American Coal Company looking at alternative solutions for treating the water. That need led the coal company to the technology offered by Crown LLC. Crown LLC believes its new technology can clean the water to the degree it would be eligible for discharge on the surface and usable for commercial applications, including in the oil and gas business.     


“The proposed partnership between North American Coal and Crown LLC, is an innovative and environmentally friendly approach to waste water management,” said Sen. Gentile. “This technology is the first of its kind to be used to treat water from abandoned lands that were previously mined. It’s encouraging news that this expertise can be utilized by the oil and gas industry as a way to reuse waste water in the drilling process. I look forward to working with all the stakeholders to make this project become a reality.”


Rep. Cera acknowledged it was important to him to bring everyone to the table in order to discuss the process due to its potential benefits to the state, the coal industry, the oil and gas industry, and communities in eastern Ohio- especially the Powhatan Point.   

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