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GreenHunter says permit, weather delaying construction of frack water recycling plant

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Officials with GreenHunter Water says they can't begin construction of their fracking water recycling plant in Warwood until the U.S. Coast Guard signs off on their permit and the weather improves.

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," Jack said. "Hanging on my wall right here is a permit to construct it. We've been through the permitting process already."

Jack's comments came in the wake of rumors that the project had been scrapped. Jacks said there's no truth to those reports.

"Everybody and my grandmother has called," he said. "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."

Jack pointed out the plant will operate with "a completely closed-loop system, no on-site fluids from rainwater or anything can escape the site. They'll be collected underground and put back in the tank for ultimate reuse."

Whether the fracking water is reused or stored depends on the producer, he said.

"This is a very unique project, only because the recycling center is also connected to our barging terminal," he said. "If they don't need (to reuse it) we can ultimately get rid of it for them through deep well injection."

He figures construction will take four to five months to complete once they get the all-clear.