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Altela may clean up with Pa. projects

Altela, which launched in 2005, originally licensed the technology from Arizona State University and then developed it into a marketable product with backing from the Verge Fund in Albuquerque and other out-of-state venture investors. The company has received $17 million in venture funding to date, including a hefty round of financing last November from a large but unnamed private equity firm in the oil-and-gas space. The company used its latest investment to build the Pennsylvania treatment plants as joint partnerships with landfill operator Casella Waste Systems Inc. in McKean County, and with the coal-fired Piney Creek Power Plant in Clarion County, owned by ACI Energy Inc. Both of those counties are in northwestern Pennsylvania, in the heart of the Marcellus and Utica shale-gas fields.Read more

New plants to treat shale water

As companies look for cost-effective and environmentally friendly ways to treat the dirty wastewater that is a byproduct of the hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale, another company has tossed its hat into the ring. Altela Inc. plans to open two new water treatment plants in Clarion County and in Mount Jewett, McKean County, to distill frack water using a non-conventional thermal distillation technology. The company is headquartered in Albuquerque, N.M., and has offices in Clarion, Pa., and Denver. Read more

New recycling solution treats Marcellus Shale flowback frac water

A new joint partnership is announced to provide a solution to environmental issues surrounding treatment of mineral-laden brackish water from Marcellus Shale drilling. A partnership between Casella Waste Systems Inc., Rutland VT and Altela Inc., privately held water desalination company in Albuquerque NM forms Casella-Altela Regional Environmental Services LLC. Read more

New Mexico Business Weekly -  Shale-gas water provides new business for Altela

Altela Inc. is gearing up for a wave of demand for water-cleansing services in the northeastern U.S.’ shale-gas Marcellus Basin. The Albuquerque company, which uses proprietary technology to purify industrial water, set up its first plant this year to treat shale-gas water in Williamsport, PA. Read more

Wall Street Journal - In Fracking’s Wake

The growing volume of dirty water produced in shale-gas drilling has triggered a gold rush among water-treatment companies. Read more

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