PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- Antero Resources is seeking federal approval to build a $525 million, 80-mile pipeline to provide water to its drilling operations in Ritchie and Tyler counties.
The line, which also would run through Pleasants County, would draw an estimated 4.8 million gallons of water from the Ohio River daily.
Antero already has acquired rights from property owners to install the line, Al Schopp, Antero vice president of finance and administration, told the Parkersburg News and Sentinel (http://bit.ly/18HnnBE ).
Antero said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that the line is expected to reduce the company's water handling costs while providing a reliable year-round water supply. It's also expected to reduce water truck traffic on local roadways.
Antero is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build the line.
The corps has jurisdiction over the project as it pertains to the Ohio River and its intersection with other bodies of water. But the state has jurisdiction over the withdrawal of water from the river and how the water is used, Susan Porter, regulatory project manager for the corps, told the newspaper.
Water already is being withdrawn from the river, smaller streams and impoundments for drilling operations. A pipeline from the river would be a better option, said Kathy Cosco, spokeswoman for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
"From our perspective if it reduces the truck traffic and takes those withdrawals from the Ohio River, which has a much larger capacity to handle it, then it seems as though it will benefit those communities and the environment," Cosco told the newspaper.
Schopp said water trucks are the largest source of complaints that the company receives.