Colchester County cement plant owner says fracking water disposal not a 'get rich quick solution'

Harry Sullivan
Published on April 18, 2014

Lafarge cement plant, Pleasant Valley, Colchester County.

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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.

“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.”