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Fairmont facility makes use of frack brine

Dominion Post photo by David Beard The Fairmont Brine Processing plant can extract about 60 tons of salt a day from processed frack fluid. The fine, sand-like salt can be used for treating roads during the winter.
Dominion Post photo by David Beard
The Fairmont Brine Processing plant can extract about 60 tons of salt a day from processed frack fluid. The fine, sand-like salt can be used for treating roads during the winter.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Deep-well injection of used fracking fluid raises concerns of environmental pollution and pressure-stimulated earthquakes.

Just north of Fairmont, overlooking the east side of the Monongahela River and Bellview across the water, a small plant is busy providing an alternative.

Since 2013, Fairmont Brine Processing has been cleaning up frack fluid and producing distilled water for re-use in the field and rock salt for treatment of snowy winter roads.

General Manager Brian Kalt recently provided TheDPost.com with a tour of the site…

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