Findlay OKs natural gas drilling at airport
The Findlay supervisors approved on Wednesday permits necessary for Consol Energy Inc. to drill for natural gas at Pittsburgh International Airport despite concerns that one well pad was too close to a residential development.
Consol hopes to start drilling this year. County officials say the deal could generate more than $500 million in royalties over about 20 years.
Consol President Nick Deluliis said the project will be a model of safe and responsible natural gas development.
“Our supervisors let us down. They're wimps, as far as I'm concerned,” said Bob Sterner, 52, a resident who wanted well pad No. 2 moved back from the Imperial Pointe neighborhood.
Sterner, who attended the meeting, said Chairman Tom Gallant, an Imperial Pointe resident, tried to get the pad moved, but the other two supervisors would not let it come to a vote.
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