Findlay approves drilling at Pittsburgh International Airport

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Findlay supervisors voted 3-0 Wednesday night to approve Consol Energy's plan to drill as many as 60 natural gas wells from six pads on about 8,800 acres at Pittsburgh International Airport.

Approval was subject to 23 conditions, including limits on noise and working hours, establishment of a public complaint hotline and a requirement that air monitoring occur throughout drilling operations.

The board also granted a limited waiver to allow temporary worker housing at the well sites.

"Our main goal will be to impose the absolutely strictest and safest conditions in the permit applications," supervisors Chairman Thomas Gallant said.

Mr. Gallant wanted to require that Consol move a planned well pad farther from the Imperial Pointe neighborhood, as residents had requested. But neither board member Janet Craig nor member Ray Chappell seconded his motion to add that to the conditions.

"All we asked is Consol concede one little item, and they refused to do so," said Imperial Pointe resident Allen Fiedler, one of 50 people who attended the meeting.

"I am incredibly disappointed with the ultimate decision," resident Stacy Faulk said.

Andrea Iglar, freelance writer::

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