Authority might sell water for fracking

The Altoona Water Authority hopes to sell water for Marcellus Shale fracking to Chevron Appalachia, a Coraopolis company that has targeted an area near Coupon, above a section of authority watershed for drilling.

The authority would dispense the water from a fill station built for Marcellus distribution two years ago at Margaret Avenue and 19th Street, according to authority General Manager Mark Perry.

“There’s no commitment yet,” Perry said. “We’re trying to get the preliminary stuff arranged.”

Authority officials will meet with company officials at the end of this month or next month to discuss timing and usage, he said.

The company hopes to sign a highway maintenance agreement with the city, according to an agenda item for the City Council meeting this week.

The authority sold water from the station for one previous project, according to Perry.

At that time, the authority sold 13.3 million gallons to Chief Oil & Gas, for a cluster of wells near Blue Knob, earning $80,000.

Perry isn’t sure when Chevron Appalachia will start drilling.

“We were told things were pushed back,” he said.

Chevron Appalachia didn’t return a message.