U.S. settles with Antero over water pollution from fracking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Monday it reached a settlement with oil and natural gas company Antero Resources Corp over claims it violated the Clean Water Act at 32 different sites in West Virginia, mostly tied to fracking.

Antero agreed to pay a penalty of $3.15 million and provide mitigation for affected sites, estimated to cost $8 million. The violations involved unauthorized disposal of materials into local waterways associated with hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, for natural gas extraction, the Justice Department said. Antero identified half of the sites through its own self-audit.

Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe