Notice –– Written Reevaluation of the Environmental Assessment for Oil and Gas Development at Pittsburgh International Airport (February 2014) and the Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision (March 2014) – Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision Issued by FAA
The Federal Aviation Administration has completed a Written Reevaluation of the Environmental Assessment for Oil & Gas Development at Pittsburgh International Airport (February 2014) and the Finding of No Significant Impacts/Record of Decision (March 2014). The Written Reevaluation examines proposed changes and potential impacts to well site, impoundment and pipeline construction, drilling and hydraulic fracturing operations on multiple well sites on airport property, access roads and pipeline construction off airport property, since the Environmental Assessment was completed in February 2014 and the Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision was issued in March 2014.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision (FONSI/ROD) for the Written Reevaluation of the Environmental Assessment.
The FONSI/ROD, along with an errata containing late agency correspondence and associated minor changes to the Written Reevaluation of the Environmental Assessment document will be available for public review for 30 days, beginning January 20, 2015 through February 18, 2015. The FONSI/ROD, the Written Reevaluation of the Environmental Assessment document, and errata will be available for public review at the following locations, during the locations’ business hours:
Pittsburgh International Airport
Allegheny County Airport Authority
Landside Terminal, 4th Floor Mezzanine
Pittsburgh, PA 15231-0370
Moon Township Municipal Building
1000 Beaver Grade Road
Moon Township, PA 15108
Findlay Township Municipal Building
1271 Route 30
Clinton, PA 15026
North Fayette Township Municipal Building
400 North Branch Road
Oakdale, PA 15071
Robinson Township Municipal Building
8400 Noblestown Road
McDonald, PA 15057
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Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, Federal Aviation Administration guidance, and Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management, May 24, 1977 (42 Federal Register (FR) 26951) notice associated with public review of the FONSI/ROD is required.
The event kicked off a sweeping exploration and production program expected to continue through 2018 and bring hundreds of millions of dollars in economic development activity to the region.
“Today marks the culmination of what was an exhaustive process, one that was thorough at all levels, and, ultimately, drove significant collaboration and constructive, open dialogue with all parties,” said CONSOL Energy President and CEO Nick DeIuliis. “When you talk about public-private partnerships and the benefits such partnerships can generate, I believe this venture is and will be the gold standard. We intend to honor our 150-year legacy in this region by ensuring that this project is a model for safe and responsible shale gas development here in Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond.”
“We are reinvigorating local communities all over the commonwealth by responsibly harvesting our energy resources,” commented Governor Tom Corbett. “Thanks to our ‘all of the above-and below’ energy strategy that is leading the way toward American energy independence, companies like CONSOL are investing in Pennsylvania and are creating family-sustaining jobs."
The ceremony took place on Pad 2, the first of six pads to be constructed on PIT property. CONSOL Energy plans to drill 45 Marcellus wells and will also explore the possibility of tapping other horizons from this location including the Devonian and Utica shales.
Drilling Operations to Begin in August 2014
Well Pads 1, 2 Being Prepared
Officials Performing Regular Safety Inspections
In April 2014, CONSOL Energy received final approval for Natural Gas development at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) when the Findlay Township Board of Supervisors authorized a conditional use permit.
“The vote represents the final step in what was a collaborative and comprehensive process with substantial, open dialogue among all stakeholders,” said CONSOL Energy CEO and President Nick DeIuliis. “That open dialogue produced many innovative concepts that highlight the value of public-private partnerships, and will make this project a model for the entire nation in safely and responsibly developing our natural gas resources to drive economic growth.”
Following the approval of the permit, construction and site preparation began immediately. “This is an exciting moment for CONSOL Energy and for the entire region,” said DeIuliis.
Including up-front bonus payments made to Allegheny County Airport Authority, anticipated royalties and intended capital spend by CONSOL Energy of approximately $500 million, the plan is expected to provide investment of over $1 billion dollars to the greater Pittsburgh region over the life of the project. The development plan calls for up to 6 pads with up to 45 Marcellus wells to be established on PIT property.
Contractors have prepared six-acre areas around well pads 1 and 2 south of I-376 and north of Route 30, and have constructed three centralized water impoundments to hold 42 million gallons, 10 miles of gas pipeline and 11 miles of water line. Drilling activity commenced in August with two vertical rigs. Wells pads will be drilled in the following order: 2, 1, 4, 6, 3, 5.
Click here to view the map of well pad sites.
Security guards have been stationed at work zone gates. Air quality, noise levels and other factors will be monitored throughout the project to ensure compliance with permits and the highest safety standards.
Airport firefighters, along with local first responders, have received specialized training to respond to gas well emergencies, and all contractors have received safety, hazard and site-specific training for the areas where they will be working.
In addition to local, federal and state environmental officials, airport environmental and fire officials will perform regular inspections throughout the entire process from site preparation to production.