Community & Stakeholder Engagement
Antero’s economic impact in North Central West Virginia and Southeast Ohio is significant. With 276 direct employees and more than 3,000 contract personnel, the company is a meaningful contributor to regional employment. Further, Antero paid $680 million in royalties and lease bonuses, and $121 million in severance, ad valorem and sales tax in 2019 – enabling state and municipal governments to provide needed services to West Virginians and Ohioans.
Antero is committed to generating solutions to community issues, promoting economic opportunities, and building relationships with people in the communities where we operate to help those communities develop and thrive. Antero’s senior management team proactively responds to concerns logged in a dedicated system for monitoring social issues. We expect our employees to be kind, courteous, and good neighbors to those in the community.
A high level of engagement with our customers, employees, contractors, local communities, regulatory agencies, surface and mineral owners, shareholders and bondholders, and peers is critical to our success. Open dialogue with our stakeholders about important issues creates opportunities for information sharing and problem solving. The following are ways we maintain and build stakeholder engagement:
- Antero provides investors, via our website, with financial presentations, SEC filings, and press releases. Antero senior management attends equity and bond conferences, meets with institutional investors, and communicates to investors interested in sustainability issues. Antero’s Investor Relations team maintains contact with investors on an ongoing basis and responds to investor requests for sustainability information.
- Antero engages contractors through daily tailgate meetings, site orientations, recognition programs, training, and performance management through a vendor management service. Antero holds an annual Contractor HSSE conference in West Virginia to provide relevant training, new HSSE initiatives, and recognition for performance to our contractors and vendors. Antero held a hands-on environmental workshop for its contractors in 2019 to focus on sustainability and regulatory compliance issues.
- Our communities include emergency management agencies (EMAs), residents, and elected officials. We promote transparency by providing tours of our facilities to local and state officials, including during active drilling and completion operations. We meet regularly with EMAs to discuss emergency preparedness plans and conduct drills. Antero has donated emergency response equipment to EMAs. For the past several years, we sponsored the Emergency Management Association of Ohio spring conference.
- Antero meets with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies regularly. Our engagement includes discussing regulatory issues and sharing lessons learned, and current industry perspectives.
- We work with state and local elected officials to serve their constituents through job creation, environmental stewardship, and community development. We provide technical marketing expertise to state development offices eager to capture the downstream economic growth that comes from natural gas liquids. We sit on boards, panels, and sponsor conferences, all working toward stimulating the Appalachian economy.
- Antero employees serve on local county oil and gas task forces. Some examples of local task force initiatives include operational traffic curfews to avoid interacting with school bus traffic on local roads, traffic planning programs, provision of pilot vehicles to guide traffic on rural roads, and road repairs.
- Feedback received from our 24/7 hotline goes to our Community Relations team for review and resolution. Antero implements operational best practices in response to community feedback. Examples include the restricted use of Jake brakes by commercial vehicles, the placement of flaggers and escort vehicles in high volume traffic areas, and the use of dust suppressant to mitigate dust on roads with heavy traffic. Since 2013, Antero has spent over $200 million on local road maintenance and upgrades.
- Before building any site, Antero’s land agents meet with surface owners to negotiate their land use. Once agreements are in place, Antero conducts impact studies to mitigate concerns such as light, noise, dust, vibrations, odor, and traffic in the design of the site. Measures to combat those concerns include the installation of sound walls and light shields, and the use of dust suppressant.
- Antero provides snow removal and ice control to many of the communities where we operate, relieving some financial impact on local WVDOH and county offices. Often, several pads are built off one access road, keeping drilling and completion equipment moves on lease roads, and off state and local routes. When feasible, we perform operations simultaneously to lessen the timeline for disruption in the community.
- Antero’s Community Relations hotline is a telephone and email system that collects reports of issues such as noise, dust, speeding, road maintenance, and property damage. Our hotline contact information is broadly distributed to surface owners, at community events, on social media, and provided to our vendors. We make every effort for a live representative to answer calls made to the hotline during regular business hours, or return calls within 24 hours. Complaints are assigned to the appropriate department for review and resolution. A site visit is often scheduled to investigate further. Our Community Relations staff has broad authority to address problems and dedicate resources. We consistently follow up with each caller to discuss our response and resolution before closure.
- We proudly invest in our communities and charitable and civic groups. Antero donated $570,000 to local causes and organizations in 2019.