When Lue Ann Pawlick noticed the increase of oil and gas companies in the region over the last several years, she knew she wanted to get involved in the industry.
At first, the 53-year-old had her sights set on trucking, but found that too expensive. Then, she thought about getting into water treatment, but she was concerned the ever-changing regulations would make her business obsolete. Then, inspiration struck.
“I thought, ‘I’m going to provide fresh water,’” she said.
Ms. Pawlick’s company, Frac Water Resources, sits on the bank of the Monongahela River in Allenport, Pa. On any given day it provides between 50 to 200 trucks with water to be used for fracking shale wells.
Last year, more than 1,200 unconventional wells were drilled in Pennsylvania, and that means a lot of water. The average horizontal shale well requires about five million gallons of water to frack.
The company is a certified woman-owned business and frack water vendor. Its main customer is Pittsburgh-based EQT Corp.
“Once they pulled the trigger and said they were ready to start taking the water, I pulled the trigger on the development and got the site work done,” Ms. Pawlick said. Her first day of sales was March 5.