PITTSBURGH (AP) - Consol Energy Inc. has completed a deal to drill for natural gas and oil at Pittsburgh International Airport.
Media outlets report that Consol wired a $46.3 million signing bonus to the Allegheny County Airport Authority on Friday.
Allegheny County Council had approved the contract earlier in the week.
Under the deal, Consol will pay 18 percent royalties on future production, expected to total $450 million over two decades. The first wells are scheduled to be drilled in late 2014 or early 2015.
The airport says it will use the money to lower airline costs in hopes of attracting more flights, and for capital improvements.
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