Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato wants to form a committee composed of himself, County Council and the Airport Authority to determine how best to approach the possible drilling of natural gas in the county. Onorato says he has been approached by companies already interested in drilling at the airport and on other county-owned land.
The Airport Authority had been seeking bids to drill for natural gas on the property they lease from the county. Onorato put a stop to the bidding because he says the county owns that land, and will take the lead on negotiating drilling contracts as well as determining how the revenue will be used.
Onorato said this is a great opportunity to add revenue to the county, and possibly the airport.