Antero “Clearwater” Facility Clearly a Blight on Community

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

Below are some of the shots from the flyover (click on the image to open a larger version):



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  1. Looked like a lot more than ten homes to me, but I couldn’t really tell how many of those were homes. My guess is the ten were within some close limit–I wouldn’t want to live just a little farther than that.

  2. I helped build that facility and occasionally I have helped with some maintenance off and on. The plant treats frack water and they re-use the clean water and the salt that is extracted is being stored in that big excavation that you’re seeing. The boilers there run off of natural gas and the plume is the steam from the water cooling towers. I’m sure some of the neighbors dont like having an industrial site that close but it seems pretty clean-running to me. The fact that they are treating and recycling frack water seemed pretty exciting to me. I’m not sure what they’re going to do with the salt but it was possibly going to be used on the roads.

    1. It’s not all sunshine and roses. They told us there would be no noise coming from the plant. It’s a constant dull roar in the background all the time. You can never get away from it.

      And the lights. There seem to be more here than in Las Vegas. It is truly a blight on what used to be our way of life.

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