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Pittsburgh airport OK's $500M gas drilling deal

WOWK-TV -- PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Allegheny County Airport Authority has approved a $500 million deal with Consol Energy for rights to drill for natural gas and oil at Pittsburgh International Airport.

The authority board approved the deal Friday.

Consol in December initially bid $20.8 million for drilling rights, which will include ongoing 18% royalties. County officials say the energy firm later agreed to increase its initial payment to $50 million and the royalties are expected to bring in $450 million more over the next 20 years. Consol is expected to drill at least 50 wells over 9,000 acres of land.

Airport officials want to use at least some of the revenue to lower gate fees in hopes of attracting more flights to the airport about 10 miles west of the city.


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Alrighty then
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Get it going.
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would be stupid not to
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I want to see the Youtube videos of pilots negotiating around burnoff flares.
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Good win/win for everyone.
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Good.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:29:24 AM

Natural gas drilling did wonders for revenue at DFW Airport in Dallas. They have been able to finance all sorts of improvements and upgrades.
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More jobs is good.
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DRILL BABY DRILL!
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 3:16:56 AM

Go for it
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UseLessGasFolks - I know, I LOVE that view of the city!
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Good!
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 12:42:13 AM

I didn't think such an agreement would...
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I AGREE WITH Foxt
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kd5kpd = BIG Ditto
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The oil rigs will have to be equipped with warning lights for aircraft.
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Oil slick on runway 23.
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I think you are waiting for a disaster to happen.
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Drilling for more AMERICAN resources to sell overseas for huge profit while our prices keep climbing, aint that fan fricking tastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[Edited by: kd5kpd at 2/9/2013 1:58:31 AM EST]
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Fly in there often. I love when you come out of the fort pitt tunnel and the steel city is laid out in front of you.
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Oil drilling rigs may not be healthy for low flying aircraft.
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There was a Natural gas excess last winter & massive Shale oil well output. Now they say nat. gas prices has gotten high & they still want permission from Congress to Export it, so they can raise the price more. Write your Congressmen to say no or limit Export to only what can't be sold in the USA WITH A PERCENTAGE EXCESS KEPT IN THE USA TO KEEP PRICES BELOW EXPORT / WORLD PRICES.
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 11:43:34 PM

Good news, although I'd like an update after the revenues begin coming in since they say they want to lower fees.
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 11:42:10 PM

Hopefully that will translate to some major improvements to a not very nice looking and outdated airport.
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 11:40:07 PM

good for them
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 11:39:05 PM

Somehow it sounds like a major disaster was about to happen in the future.
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 11:37:11 PM

go for it. don't expect your fees to go down, however.
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Money talks and bulls#*t walks! Go for it!
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If it leads to revenues, then I'm a go!
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wow
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Pittsburg Californy ante got no Areport!
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 11:23:39 PM

I didn't like looking down and seeing the ground way down there and a few seconds we are over the runway.
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 11:23:12 PM

This is a lot of money
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good
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Don't smoke there either
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Sweet!!
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great
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 11:18:46 PM

Remind me to never fly to Pittsburgh
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 11:17:10 PM

Perhaps a question of air safety.
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Good for them, but this doesn't seem to be safe doing it at an airport
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Good for them all that money should help.
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Use it wisely!
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Ok
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give it back to the taxpayers...
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smart for them
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The Blizzard of 2013 must have closed the EPA today. They let this through???
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And who will want to fly into an airport with drilling rigs reaching up into the sky and your 747 is trying land between the rigs?
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I woud like to know more about the safty of the project....
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Good for Pittsburgh.
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