Skip to main content

Fracking in Pittsburgh: Will CMU’s Gates & Hillman Centers be next?

pghThe New York Times reports on a financial lifeline for Pittsburgh International Airport:

“Pittsburgh’s airport is struggling financially and mired in debt …

“For salvation, airport officials are looking down – about 6,000 feet. The quiet runways, it turns out, are sitting on enough natural gas to run the whole state of Pennsylvania for a year and a half, and this month, Consol Energy will drill its first well here to tap the gas …

“After the drilling, which uses hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, begins in earnest and the natural gas royalties kick in, the airport will receive about $20 million a year …”

We cannot help but ask … will CMU’s Gates & Hillman Centers be next? What’s the real story behind Randy Bryant’s resignation as Dean of the School of Computer Science?

August 13, 2014