Oil and Gas Development : Community Outreach
During the review process, CONSOL Energy performed detailed due diligence on both the Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport properties to determine the production potential of both locations. CONSOL Energy also participated in a required public hearing at Robert Morris University on February 7, during which CONSOL Energy president Nicholas J. DeIuliis delivered a presentation to an audience of over 300 area residents, protestors and reports about CONSOL Energy’s energy production history in the regions, unique perspective, core values, and commitment to the communities where it operates. Several CONSOL Energy contractors were also able to address the audience in support of CONSOL Energy, describing the company as a good partner and dedicated to the safety and compliance of their employees.
Allegheny County Airport Authority, Allegheny County, and CONSOL Energy took the public education effort a step further by jointly hosting an Open House event in Findlay Township, where the majority of the Pittsburgh International Airport property is located, on February 18. This event provided an opportunity for area residents to learn more about what they should expect when natural gas development at the airport begins, CONSOL Energy’s drilling process, environmental protection measures, and the Marcellus shale formation in Findlay Township.
Travelers and visitors to Pittsburgh International Airport can expect to see increased communications about the proposed drilling project beginning this year and continuing for the duration of the project.
As part of the Environmental Assessment Process, CONSOL Energy, the ACAA and the FAA will host regular meetings designed to inform and update the public and key stakeholders of the activity we are conducting at the airport. The first public workshop was held on August 27, 2013 at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott. The second and final public workshop is scheduled for 4:30 – 6:30 PM on December 17, 2013 at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott. For downloadable information, click here.
CONSOL Energy is working with the ACAA to develop a public education campaign that will provide information on hydraulic fracturing and planned drilling and completions activity at Pittsburgh International Airport.
CONSOL Energy and ACAA are working together to develop a safety and emergency response plan that will be presented to airport and local emergency responders so that they can understand the unique aspects of well site and pipeline safety. Training and simulated emergency drills will be scheduled and implemented before active drilling begins.
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