Findlay supervisors to vote April 23 on drilling at Pittsburgh International Airport

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Findlay's board of supervisors will meet later this month to make a decision on permits for gas drilling operations near Pittsburgh International Airport.

The three supervisors -- Thomas Gallant, Janet Craig and Raymond Chappell -- will meet at 7 p.m. April 23 at the Findlay Township Activity Center at 310 Main St., according to a notice posted on the township's website,

The supervisors had 45 days from the closure of a public hearing March 12 to decide whether to grant conditional use permits to Consol Energy. The meeting will take place near the end of that window.

The Cecil-based company plans to build six well pads and three water impoundments on about 9,000 acres of county-owned land near the airport. Allegheny County Council approved the deal between Consol and the Allegheny County Airport Authority a year ago.

Findlay's planning commission has given the plan preliminary approval.

The township supervisors held two public hearings on the issue, one in February and one in March. Over the course of the hearings, they heard from Consol officials and from Allegheny County officials who described details of the plan, with a focus on safety precautions.

The supervisors also heard from residents, many expressing concern about the location of Well Pad 2 less than half a mile from residents of Findlay's Imperial Pointe neighborhood.

The supervisors will take into consideration hearing all testimony as well as the news last week that the Federal Aviation Administration had reviewed Consol's environmental assessment and issued a "finding of no significant impact."


Kaitlynn Riely: kriely@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1707. First Published April 3, 2014 11:59 AM

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