Oil and gas drilling plans under consideration in Pennsylvania

Consol Energy, another drilling company, wants to drill next to the Pittsburg National Airport. Allegheny County in Pennsylvania is considering whether to allow Range Resources, an oil and gas drilling company based in Texas, to drill for gas underneath a local park, according to News Journal.

The county executive, Rich Fitzgerald, explained that the deal includes $4.7 million for the county, along with a $3 million donation to the park for improvements and royalties of 18 percent, which would generate $3 million a year.

The county has held several meetings on this topic already, the prior one being on March 11 and dealing with a possible environmental impact. Range Resources has already received preliminary approval from the zoning board. The company will have noise and light reduction requirements, and it will be required to pay for repairs to county roads and hold two job fairs, according to Natural Gas Intel.

In a separate bid, Consol Energy, another drilling company, wants to drill next to the Pittsburg National Airport. The Pittsburg Post-Gazette reported that the project will likely give back $500 million to Pittsburg Township over the next 20 years.

The local fire, police and emergency services have partnered with safety experts for Consol Energy to give to a presentation on the appropriate actions to take in case of emergency. They presented their plan to township supervisors for approval.

"No stone has been unturned, and no resource left on the sidelines, in terms of delivering this project safely and efficiently," said Lou Barletta, vice president of safety for Consol Energy.

More information on drilling can be found on PennEnergy's research area.

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