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Lafarge cement plant, Pleasant Valley, Colchester County.
There are no ulterior motives behind a proposal by the Lafarge cement plant here to dispose of frack water in its high-temperature kiln, a company official says.
“The whole idea for why Lafarge would put their name forward came out of our employees,” Colchester County plant manager Scarth MacDonnell said, of the Department of Environment’s decision for permission to conduct a pilot project for disposing of two-million litres of treated frack wastewater currently sitting in holding ponds in Debert.
“They were the ones that saw the decision where the water was not allowed down the county sewers. It is not a get-rich-quick solution,” he said, of some public comments that the exercise is being done for corporate profit.
“It is just a way that we can present our equipment and our technology as a way to solve what sounds like a long-standing problem for the community,” MacDonnell said. “We’re just pleased that the Minister of Environment has endorsed our proposed solution … and it sounds like the science was vetted by all the engineers and the staff in Department of Environment.
The company must also conduct its own follow-up testing during and after the pilot process, he added.
“Remember, I’m the guy that drank the water, right,” MacDonnell said, in regard to a bottle of the frack water, that had been treated by reverse osmosis, which he drank from while making a presentation during a recent Colchester County Council meeting.
“I’ve looked at this thing so many different ways and we’ve tested it and we’ve taken our own samples and I am convinced with all of the science that is available to us today, you know, this water is safe and it is clean to drink and I think it was clarified last night that the water is cleaner than the water in Shortts Lake.”