Cleared for landing: Job creation estimated for airport drilling project

September 9, 2013

FINDLAY TWP. — Called "the billion-dollar deal," the recently inked contract between Consol Energy and the Allegheny County Airport Authority has big plans. But will the jobs created match up?

Signed earlier this year, the contract leased natural gas rights on 9,200 acres of Pittsburgh International Airport land. The 20-year contract already earned the Allegheny County Airport Authority a $50 million signing bonus - and experts have said they expect Consol to pay $450 million in royalties over the life of the project.

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