WHEELING -- Following several months of contention, Wheeling Planning commissioners voted 4-1 tonight to allow GreenHunter Water to build its natural gas frack water recycling plant at North 28th Street in Warwood.
John Jack, vice president of business development and operations for GreenHunter, said the company could be moving frack water in and out of the Warwood site as early as October, noting GreenHunter has been ready to build for several months.
This does not sit well with members of the "Wheeling Water Warriors" or Wheeling City Councilwoman Gloria Delbrugge, who believe the plant will create health hazards because of potential radioactivity.
"As a parent of Warwood children, I do not feel the Wheeling Planning Commission planned for my children's future," said Warrior Kate Marshall following the vote. "This is going to hurt residents, hurt property values and hurt our health."
The 4-1 vote saw Commissioners Barry Crow, Thomas McCulloch, Don Atkinson and Russell Jebbia vote to approve the plant, while Commissioner John Clarke voted against it. Commissioner Michael Leo recused himself from voting, citing a conflict of interest. Commissioner James Mauck -- serving in the role of chairman due to the absence of regular Chairman Howard Monroe -- did not vote, as the chairman normally only votes to break a tie.