The protection of water quality within all areas of Antero operations is of the utmost importance. Antero assesses groundwater quality prior to drilling by sampling (with landowner permission) domestic water wells, springs, ponds, or streams within a 2,000-foot radius of the wellpad in West Virginia and within a 2,500-foot radius in Ohio. Water samples are collected by third party environmental consultants and analyzed at state-certified laboratories. Water samples are analyzed for a list of parameters that goes above and beyond the parameters required by regulation in both WV and OH. Sample results are shared with the landowners, state regulators, and archived electronically by Antero.
In Ohio, following the completion of all wells on a pad, Antero conducts post-completion sampling of all water sources previously sampled during the pre-drill program. While not required in West Virginia, post-completion samples may be collected following a landowner request or to fulfill contractual terms of a lease or surface use agreement.
Antero takes complaints of water degradation very seriously. To that end, Antero maintains a dedicated community relations hotline. Antero’s practice is to respond to all water degradation complaints by phone within 24 hours, and to then schedule and perform an on-site investigation at the landowner’s earliest convenience. When necessary, Antero will conduct additional sampling of the water supply using a third party environmental consultant and a state-certified laboratory.