Highlights New Opportunities for Economic Development, Investment and Job Growth for Region 

Pittsburgh, PA: Today, Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) Mid-Atlantic Director Mike Mikus will testify at a public hearing held by the Allegheny County Council on a proposal to allow safe, responsible energy production on land surrounding Pittsburgh International Airport and the West Mifflin County Airport. The airport property currently contains about 9,000 acres of land suitable for energy production.

As part of his prepared testimony, Mr. Mikus supports the proposal, stating:

“After witnessing the number of new opportunities for economic development, investment and job growth we have already seen in the region through responsible Marcellus shale production, CEA is pleased to support a proposal that will help boost future growth for Allegheny County and the regional economy. The Allegheny County Council should be confident that this plan will provide a solid win-win situation for the region.”

“The Airport proposal 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 tens of millions of dollars up front and ongoing revenue of millions each year for 30 years, Allegheny County is in a tremendous position to grow economically.”

“By approving this land to lease land for responsible Marcellus Shale production, the County Council will provide much-needed relief to Pittsburgh’s under-utilized airport – reducing costs and landing fees to bring in more carriers – translating into additional economic development and revitalization for the region.”

Today’s hearing at the Robert Morris University at 6pm will be the sole public meeting before the Allegheny County Council votes on the proposal.