Government & Politics
3:42 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

FAA OK's Pittsburgh Airport Gas Drilling

The Federal Aviation Administration has ruled that Consol Energy's plans to drill for natural gas at the Pittsburgh International Airport won't have a significant environmental impact.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Thursday that the Allegheny County Airport Authority confirmed that the FAA report was issued this week.

Consol, a Cecil-based company, plans to drill for natural gas on about 9,000 acres of county-owned land, and says the wells will be a safe distance away from runways and other airport operations.

In early 2013 the Airport Authority approved the deal with Consol, which paid a signing bonus of $50 million. Officials hope royalties will add $450 million over the next 20 years.