Antero has been testing water sources near our operations for over a decade and 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 domestic water wells, springs, ponds, or streams within a 2,000 foot radius of the well pad in West Virginia (WV) and within a 2,500 foot radius in Ohio (OH), which is beyond the required radius of 1,500 feet in both WV and OH. 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 and regulatory agencies, and records are archived and maintained electronically by Antero.
In OH, 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. In WV, post-completion samples are frequently collected following a landowner request or to fulfill contractual terms of a lease or surface use agreement. These actions are beyond regulatory requirements in both OH and WV.
Antero maintains a dedicated community relations hotline and has an employee dedicated to addressing water quality and community relations. Antero’s practice is to respond to all water concerns by phone within 24-hours. If Antero and Landowner agree additional testing is necessary, Antero will conduct additional sampling of the water supply using a third-party environmental consultant and a state-certified laboratory.