A deal to build a frack water treatment plant in Warwood has fallen through, according to our news partners at WKKX and Steve Novotney.
The report comes to the delight of the Wheeling Water Warriors, a group that actively spoke out against the project. However, officials at GreenHunter said that the project was going forward as planned. According to the State Journal, officials with the company said they are simply waiting until the U.S. Coast Guard signs off on their permit and
the weather improves to begin construction of the facility.
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," Jacks said. "Hanging on my wall right here is a permit to construct it. We've been through the permitting process already."
Jack responded to the rumor: "Everybody and my grandmother has called. 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."
Members of Wheeling City council who could neither confirm or deny the reports.