In February 13, thanks to our good friends at SouthWings, I went on my second aerial photography tour of infrackstructure. Our route included locations is Marshall, Doddridge, Wetzel, Tyler and Ritchie counties.
One location I wanted to be certain we checked out was the Antero “Clearwater” facility. It’s permitted to sprawl over nearly 500 acres in both Doddridge and Ritchie Counties. If you need background on what this facility is, check out this September 17, 2016 Charleston Gazette-Mail article: Residents wary of Antero’s answer to fracking wastewater problem.
(In that article, note what Lissa Lucas, who lives a few miles from the project,has to say to Conrad Baston, Antero’s project manager, “I wonder if you recognize that what you regard as a problem or an obstacle to making profits is different than what someone who lives nearby regards as a problem. You may be saying there’s only 10 houses affected, but if you live in one of those houses, that’s a big deal.” Lucas has been in the news this week for attempting to speak on a “co-tenancy” bill at a public hearing during the WV Legislative Session.)
Also see related stories: Study: Treated Oil, Gas Wastewater Leaves Radioactive Contamination and Fracking (Solid) Waste Disposal: Still A Hot Mess