Coudersport Council Rejects Proposed Wastewater Treatment Plant

Senecas say plant could harm Allegheny River

Tom Puckett
March 22, 2018 - 2:42 pm
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Salamanca, NY (WBEN) On the same day the Seneca Nation hosted a conference on meeting to discuss concerns over the dangers a proposed wastewater treatment plant would present, the Coudersport Borough Council rejected the plan.

The Borough Council voted 5-1 opposing a proposed wastewater treatment plant that would allow for the transport, treatment and release of thousands of gallons of  wastewater from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) into the Allegheny River. The proposed facility would be located in Eulalia Township, at the river’s headwaters.

“We were very happy to learn of this latest action, by yet another government defending the river from what we believe is a dangerous plan,” said Seneca Nation President Todd Gates. “The risk of contamination along the river, and the potential environmental and health risks it could impose, simply should not be tolerated.”

“The headwaters of the Allegheny River are some of the purest I have tested. They need to be protected,” Dr. John Stolz, director of the Center for Environmental Research and Education at Duquesne University said at the Seneca Nation’s meeting. “We have learned from other brine treatment facilities operating in the Allegheny basin that their discharges have degraded the water quality.”

“The health of the river, and the health of those who will come after us, is not negotiable,” President Gates added. “We hope that the members of the Coudersport Area Municipal Authority and the Pennsylvania DEP do the right thing and let our beautiful waters continue to flow free of fracking contamination.”

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