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Update

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the Office of Oil and Gas have lifted cease operations orders for two Antero well pad sites in Harrison and Doddridge Counties.  Antero was cited Friday after tank ruptures at the Doddridge County Marsden well pad and the Harrison County Varner-West well pad due to the build up of pressure in each tank.

Antero Resources submitted plans required by the DEP, which include plans to involved controls to prevent pressure from building up in production storage tanks.

The DEP said it's still awaiting test results from soil collected at the Marsden Pad, where an undetermined amount of produced water gas was spilled when two storage tanks ruptured.  Remediation measures may be implemented following the outcome of the test results.  The DEP said it will continue to monitor operations at both well pad sites.

Original Story

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the Office of Oil and Gas have issued violation notices to Antero Resources in relation to an April 11 tank rupture at a well pad located in Doddridge County and an April 15 tank rupture at a well pad in Harrison County.

Two storage tanks at the Antero's Marsden Well Pad in Doddridge County ruptured due to a build up of pressure, said DEP spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater. The first notice of violation was issued for the imminent danger to people on or around the pad and issued a cease operations order that will remain in effect until the order is complied with.

A second notice of violation was issued for pollution, due to an undetermined amount of produced water that spilled onto the well pad during the rupture, said Gillenwater. As a result of the violations, Antero is required to produce information to help determine the cause of the rupture, to sample and analyze soil, and to develop and submit a plan to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. Remediation may be required upon completion of the soil analysis.

Additionally, the DEP issued an imminent danger notice of violation to Antero in connection to an April 15 tank rupture at the Varner-West well pad in Harrison County. The notice of violation also requires Antero to cease operations at the well pad until detailed information related to the cause of the rupture and an accident prevention plan are provided. In this incident, the DEP said no produced water spilled onto nearby soil. Similar to the Marsden well pad incident, the tank rupture occurred due to a build up of pressure inside the tank, said Gillenwater.

No injuries or fires were reported as the result of either incident.