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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.

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