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Steubenville selling water to Chesapeake

By Bob Downing Published: February 28, 2012

The city of Steubenville began selling water to Chesapeake Energy Corp. last week.

The city and the company signed a five-year contract that calls for the city to sell up to 700,000 gallons a day or 7 million gallons every two weeks to Chesapeake.

The water can be untreated or raw water from its system, as well as treated or potable water. Chesapeake will also accept treated wastewater from Steubenville.

The water will be used by the company in hydraulic fracturing or fracking in its operations in eastern Ohio.

The city can earn between $35,000 and $59,000 every two weeks, depending on the volume of water used, according to local media reports.

Steubenville gets its drinking water from the Ohio River. It then goes into a small city-owned reservoir.

Chesapeake is also getting water from the Jefferson County commissioners.




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