NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio -- A second short-term water sale from Seneca Lake could net the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District up to $9,000 per day.
The MWCD Board of Directors approved the agreement with Antero Resources on Friday. Under the agreement, Antero could draw up-to 1.5 million gallons of water per day during August, September, and October. That amounts to around 135 million gallons, less than one percent of Seneca Lake's estimated 14.2 billion gallons of water.
Darrin Lautenschleger, an MWCD administrator, said that the District's chief engineer would have the sole discretion to stop the withdrawal any time during the agreement. He added that MWCD's policy gives priority to drinking water supplies and requires that water sales be balanced with other interests, such as recreation, flood-control and downstream flow.
Antero Resources will use the water from Seneca Lake for hydraulic fracturing at 17 sites around Guernsey, Noble, Belmont and other counties in the Utica Shale.
Since 2012, the MWCD has approved short-term water sales from Clendening, Piedmont, and Seneca Lake.
Lautenschleger said the MWCD anticipates further contacts from the industry, but added, âNo long-term sales are being contemplated at this time.â