CEA Applauds Approval of Marcellus Shale Production on Airport Land by Allegheny County Council

 

Consumer Group Looks Forward to Future Opportunities for Economic Development,
Investment and Job Growth for Region

Pittsburgh, PA – Today Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) Mid-Atlantic praised the Allegheny County Council’s decision to approve responsible shale development on Pittsburgh International Airport and West Mifflin County Airport land. CEA Mid-Atlantic’s Director Mike Mikus recently testified during the Allegheny County Council’s February 7th public hearing held to review a proposal to allow safe, responsible energy production on land surrounding Pittsburgh International Airport and the West Mifflin County Airport.

“We applaud the Allegheny County Council and are encouraged by their decision to support future growth for the county and regional economy,” CEA Mid-Atlantic Director Mike Mikus said. “With the energy-based economy that is emerging in the Pittsburgh region fueled by the growth of the responsible production of the Marcellus Shale formation, this is another great example of the opportunity to create thousands of jobs and bring much-needed financial stability to the region and specifically to the airports.”

Mikus added: “The Airport plan approval clearly demonstrates the positive benefits and opportunities that safe, responsible Marcellus production can bring to our region’s residents and businesses. With estimates that this plan could provide over $500 million in revenue to the struggling airport over the next two decades, Allegheny County is in a tremendous position to grow economically.”

The airport property currently contains about 9,000 acres of land suitable for energy production.