Antero has built an extensive network of freshwater pipelines and impoundments across its acreage to provide a reliable source of freshwater to our active locations and reduce the number of water trucks traversing local roads in and around the communities where Antero operates.
According to the World Resources Institute (WRI) Aqueduct Water Risk Assessment for Oil and Gas, Antero’s drilling operations and water withdrawals in West Virginia and Ohio have an overall low to medium water risk based on location and mapping. Although freshwater is an abundant resource in the Appalachian Basin, Antero is committed to reducing the use of freshwater throughout all of our operations through an active recycling wastewater program. Similarly, Antero has an extensive program to reduce exposure of truck traffic and spills during operations, through a large network of freshwater pipelines and impoundments across our acreage to provide a reliable source of freshwater. Antero’s freshwater infrastructure consists of 351 miles of freshwater pipelines and 37 freshwater impoundments delivering approximately 197 MBbl/day of fresh water. The freshwater pipelines reduce water truck traffic by approximately 4,500-4,750 truckloads per well.
Additionally, at the center of our freshwater infrastructure is the Antero Clearwater Facility (ACF), an industry-leading advanced water treatment plant. The ACF provides an innovative and alternative solution to address Antero’s water demands by reducing demands for freshwater in Antero’s operations. The ACF recycles wastewater that would otherwise be placed in wastewater injection wells, the most prevalent disposal method of oil and gas brine. The addition of the ACF to our existing freshwater infrastructure will nearly eliminate Antero’s use of wastewater disposal wells and will reduce the deployment of trucks on local roads by an estimated 10 million miles annually thereby reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year. In addition to the ACF, Antero uses mobile treatment facilities to treat brine and flowback water to a quality where it can be re-used in downhole operations.