Poteet considered for processing plant

Diana Guthrie

Special Correspondent

Poteet is being considered as the home of Brandlich Energy Solutions, Inc., which is a processing plant for recycling asphalt shingles. Howard Brand presented the idea to the Poteet City Council at their regular meeting on Tuesday, September 5. Giving some statistics about the current disposal of roofing materials, he described their process for recycling not only the oil in the asphalt, but the gravel and fiberglass as well. Total number of roofing squares discarded each year into landfills is estimated to be 136,800,000 and they have a 300-year decomposition rate in those landfills. The process Brandlich uses a solution that is made up of 5.714% organic chemical and water to separate the raw components of the tiles and they are the only ones in the world to have this technology now.  Light sweet crude oil is extracted and can be sold to refineries. The other components can be sold for use in other industries, such as using the gravel for decorative sand, masonry or fracking sand. Oil can also be extracted from the tar paper and the paper itself can be sold to the pulp industry.

The processing plant will operate 24/7, but the construction or trucking will only be done during the daytime hours and the noise from the plant would be a minimum since the equipment is electrically run. There is no waste, no air or water pollution since everything is captured and reused by the plant.  They plan to hire approximately 100-150 people in the first year. Plans are in motion for processing plants to be built in Houston, Dallas and San Joaquin, California. There was some discussion regarding lease requirements with the City Attorney, Bobby Maldonado. They are looking at leasing 15-20 acres of the land at the waste water plant area. Everything they do will be under roof, as well. If they get the go ahead soon, the plant operation would be up and running by the end of the year. A proposal was a percentage of the income from the plant and a percentage from their sister plant in Freer.  The council will take this all under consideration and decide at a later date.

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