Pa. township approves permits for airport drilling

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IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) – Supervisors in a western Pennsylvania township have approved permits for a company to drill for natural gas at Pittsburgh International Airport with almost two dozen conditions.

Findley Township supervisors voted 2-1 to approve the conditional use permits but included noise and light disturbance limits, requirements for flaggers and safety vehicles at entrances to the site, a ban on injection wells and other caveats.

A proposal to require one well pad moved further away from a residential development was rejected.

Consol Energy Inc. hopes to start drilling this year. Allegheny county officials say the deal could generate more than $500 million in royalties over the next few decades.

After the vote, company president Nick DeIuliis vowed that the project would be a model of safe and responsible natural gas development.

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