Oil, gas wastewater treatment proposal delayed by commission

A clear lack of available and detailed information on a proposal to bring an oil and gas wastewater treatment facility to a property on Catawissa Avenue led the City Planning Commission to delay taking action on the land-development portion of the plan Monday.

The plan to treat water used in the natural gas drilling industry, recycle the water and reuse it for fracking purposes is identified as Eureka Resources and proposed by Dan J. and Christina M. Ertel. The Ertels, who were not present, have received recommended approval to consolidate the lot at Catawissa Avenue.

Planning commission member Chris Keiser said the plan contained misinformation, was missing zoning data, did not have many site details and there was no explanation of storm-water drainage issues.

“For the amount of work that is going to happen here, it’s a little lackluster,” Keiser said.

The proposal has been reviewed and recommended by county Department of Planning and Community Development, according to Gary Knarr, city zoning officer.

The Ertels have no intention to see the street vacated, Knarr said. But whether they want to use the rail service is unclear, Knarr added.

Two other businesses received recommended approval for certificates of appropriateness to go before City Council.

A representative for a computer repair service at 231 E. Church St. has requested erecting two signs and a man representing a new pottery business to open at 201 Basin St. has asked to erect a business sign. Both of the recommendations will be forwarded to council.