Antero Resources is moving forward with a major plan to built an 80-mile water pipeline to service its Marcellus drilling operations in Ritchie and Tyler County.

The cost of the project is $524 million.

The report says the pipeline would draw water from the Ohio River and run across Pleasants County, delivering about 4.8 million gallons of water a day.

Antero already has acquired rights from property owners to install the line and is seeking a permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers.

The company says the line will reduce the company's water handling costs while providing a reliable water supply.

Millions of gallons of water are drawn from streams and impoundments for each drilling operation.

The company says the water line will reduce truck traffic.

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