Pittsburgh grapples with FAA over airport drilling revenues

06/15/2010 | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Local officials in Pennsylvania are hoping for a $3 million budget infusion from natural-gas drilling at Pittsburgh International and Allegheny County airports -- but the FAA says the money must remain with the airports. The county hopes to put drilling rights out for bids this summer, helping to alleviate a budget crunch without raising taxes. But FAA regulations require that drilling royalties be reinvested in airports, not diverted to other public uses. Local officials are hoping their lawmakers in Washington can get that rule changed, but if not, they may require that gas revenues be used to lower landing fees, resulting in more affordable airfares.

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