From October 16, 2013 Sun Gazette
by Morgan Myers
WYSOX – Williamsport-based Eureka Resources recently opened a new frack water
de-wasting plant that can process up to 5,000 barrels each day of flowback and
produced water from Marcellus Shale gas wells.
“We are proud to be able to take a large waste stream and turn it into basically
no waste at all,” Eureka CEO Dan Ertel said.
Eureka Resources’ new plant takes wastewater from fracking and recycles it, disposes
it or returns it to the hydrological cycle, Ertel said.
“Unlike other wastewater treatment plants, we don’t stop at pre-treatment. We do
full-scale thermal treatment so we can ultimately discharge the effluent directly,”
Eureka Director of Engineering Jared Bodger said.
Eureka plans to build a quarter-mile pipeline to discharge some of its treated wastewater
into the Susquehanna River, according to Bodger.
The state Department of Environmental Protection regulations for discharging gas well waste
are stringent, Ertel said. To his knowledge, no other plant in the state has the technology
needed to treat fracking wastewater to a direct discharge standard.
“You cannot make water that’s consistently going to meet state standards for discharge if you’re
just distilling or crystallizing. You need to put another suite of technologies together,” Ertel said.
In addition to its $8 million crystallizer, Eureka also will utilize a membrane bioreactor,
which removes volatile organic compounds from distilled wastewater vapor prior to
discharge. The patent-pending technology was developed in consultation with engineers from
Switzerland, Ertel said.
“Their technology was the most advanced and they were the first willing to let an
American company utilize it,” Ertel said.
Not all waste will need to undergo additional treatment beyond crystallization. About
ten percent of the wastewater is processed into high-purity sodium chloride, which is
used by the gas industry for winter de-icing, Bodger said.
Waste also is solidified and hauled to an approved landfill, depending on its constituents.
A gas well will produce flowback water initially after fracking and produced water continuously
throughout its lifetime. Such water is regulated as a hazardous waste by the Department of
Environmental Protection, in part because wastewater can comingle with geological formations
that may contain naturally-occurring radioactive materials. Eureka is required to monitor
each incoming truckload of wastewater for radiation.
“We have been treating this water for five years. We’ve had a total of two instances where we
had a minor excursion from background levels (of radiation). We haven’t seen any major issues,” Ertel said.
The Wysox plant, designed by Williamsport-based Lundy Construction, still is under construction
but has begun accepting wastewater. The facility, which currently employs 14, probably will employ
20 to 25 people after construction completes, Eureka Vice President of Operations John Stanton said.
“We intend to be a good neighbor and a steward of the environment,” Ertel said.
Past Meets Present
From August 15, 2012 Sun Gazette
To Frank B. Lundy III and his sister, Anne, it was just some old uniform she could cut the arms out of to make it into a Halloween costume. When he was 10 years old, Lundy found the jersey in the closet of his grandfather, Richard H. Lundy, an original Little League team sponsor. The jersey belonged to Frank B. Lundy II, who wore it at the first Little League Baseball game in 1939.
Frank II was not part of the team because he was too young and his uniform was an extra that his father purchased for his children.
“I was 6 years old,” Frank II said.
That historic game, won by Lundy Lumber, started a youth sports program that now is enjoyed all over the world. It was once of only
twice that Frank II wore the uniform. The other time he wore it was to get his picture taken. Other than that, it sat in various closets through the decades.
“It was preserved by the grace of God,” Frank III said.
Lundy Construction, formed from a partnership following Lundy Lumber, now is the oldest Little League sponsor still in operation, Frank III said. Carl E. Stotz contacted Frank III’s grandfather, Richard H. Lundy, with an idea that he had about getting together some children to play sandlot baseball and providing them with a jersey and a hat. Every child would be able to play in every game.
“There’s nothing worse than a kid on a team who doesn’t get to play,” Frank III said Monday.
Richard told Stotz to get some more sponsors involved and he would sponsor a team.
The public will get a chance to see the uniform at tonight’s parade, which steps off at 6 p.m. at the intersection of Susquehanna and West Fourth streets. Frank III’s cousin, Charlie, will wear it.
Following the parade, Frank III said he will have the uniform restored to fix damage from the Halloween costume and time, then use it for the company’s 80th year celebrations next year.
He also will sign an agreement to loan the uniform to the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum every year in August so that people can see it during the World Series. At the end of August, it will return to Lundy Lumber to be displayed.
The Lundy Legacy: 80 Years Later
From the March 13, 2013 edition of the Business Magazine
by Karen Torres
The Business Magazine’s “Risking It All” section highlights the entrepreneurs
who made sacrifices to build their businesses in our region. This month,
we met with Frank Lundy III, chief executive officer of Lundy Construction
Company in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to talk about the history and success
of this 80-year-old family owned business.
Soon after Maurice Lundy left his home in Slido, Ireland as a stowaway bound
for the United States, he found himself in a flourishing career in the lumber industry
in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. His son Frank B. Lundy and grandson Richard H.
Lundy would eventually follow in his footsteps, starting their own business, Lundy
With the success of lumber company firmly intact, Richard and family member John
Lundy decided to partner with E.M. “Dick” Jonas to focus on the commercial side
of the business, forming Lundy Construction Company in 1933.
It was a huge risk during one of the worst years of the Great Depression, but one
that would become the Lundy legacy.
According to CEO Frank Lundy III, these entrepreneurs not only had to overcome
fear, but the conventional wisdom of the time — to steer away from investing in
a new venture, coupled with the challenges of procuring building materials and
securing credit for construction during a fragile and weak economic time.
“But, not being scared of hard work, believing in one’s self to accomplish personal
goals and the ability to move against conventional wisdom prevailed,” says Lundy,
“and we are here 80 years later to prove that challenges can be identified, met
Proudly pointing to such projects as the east wing of Divine Providence Hospital
and the original Roosevelt School — built during World War II and when the basic
building materials of concrete and steel were in short supply — Lundy Construction
Company is truly a model of success. The company is today widely considered one
of the most recognized contractors for industrial and commercial construction,
remodeling and renovations in central Pennsylvania — a credit to its wide range of
services and core competencies.
“We can design, estimate and deliver sophisticated light and high-tech
manufacturing facilities with our staff, procedures and our highly skilled, dedicated
and proven field personnel,” explains Lundy. “We are able to provide design
construction services to most industrial, institutional, health-care and commercial
customers that could locate or expand in our geographical area.”
Lundy, for one, saw a new future in the area when he drove up from Philadelphia
one day to assist his father with some business issues and noticed a convoy of what
appeared to be drilling pipe loads on tractor-trailers heading toward Williamsport
— at the beginning of the Marcellus Shale boom.
“I learned a long time ago that if you want to build, you have to have someone
to build for,” he says. “So, when you see others investing in an area, part of the
collateral impact is construction. So follow the money.”
At Lundy Construction, however, there is no secret to the company’s success. Notes
Lundy, “It is what you can see that is our winning formula: Hard work, a desire to
retain customers, a top-down requirement that the customer is the most important
element in our business plan, and, finally, what feels like an inbred commitment to
the Golden Rule.”
SPCA Facility Addition Construction to Begin
From March 12, 2013 Sun Gazette
In its effort to serve as many of the area’s animals as possible, the Lycoming County SPCA, 2805 Reach Road, broke ground Friday on an addition that will give the facility three new rooms.
“One of the things we realized is we didn’t have enough room for our cats. We didn’t have enough room for our dog training,” Director Victoria Stryker said on why the shelter needed the new spaces.
After receiving donations totaling more than $225,000 from family donors and the First Community Foundation Partnership, plans to add three rooms – one for incoming cat screenings, one to be used as a multipurpose room for dog and volunteer training and a third for surgery – were created.
Joyce Hershberger, SPCA board president, said the donations came at the right time, “like a miracle from the sky.”
Construction on the project is to begin this week and is expected be completed by the end of May. Stryker said the donations received will fund the construction but more donations are needed to furnish the addition.
The work will be the second addition on the facility since it opened in 1998. A small free-roaming cat area was completed last year.
The new spaces will allow the shelter to better serve animals that are looking for new homes, Stryker said.
Cats will be able to be processed, have health evaluations and records stored in the facility’s database through the addition. Currently, these tasks are performed in a grooming room, Stryker said.
“We’ll be able to help more cats find homes,” she said.
Dog training, both for dogs in the shelter and the public, now is performed in the lobby. Stryker explained that in order to hold the training classes, furniture must be moved and then put back when finished. It also creates a disturbance for those visiting the facility as they must go around the training.
And with a new surgical area, the SPCA is hoping to have a veterinarian visit the shelter to spay and neuter the animals, instead of taking them to an outside facility.
“It’ll be less stressful for the animals to do it here,” Stryker explained.
Hershberger said the staff takes good care of the animals and the new addition, through the donations, will only enhance that.
“This is really a wonderful day for us and we are really looking forward (to the addition),” she said.
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