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Pittsburgh International begins next phase of carbon reduction plans

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Pittsburgh International Airport and CNX Resources Corp., a gas development, production, midstream and technology company, have entered the next phase of their partnership to reduce carbon emissions.

CNX has developed technology that converts dry natural gas onsite into liquefied natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG) and electricity for various uses. The process will reduce local and operating costs at the airport.

The partners also plan to create a sustainable fuel hub at the airport for airlines, transit, cargo, fleet, military and other energy-intensive commercial activities.

Additionally, CNX will develop the Utica Shale on the airport lands. Dry gas from the Utica shale can be easily converted into LNG and CNG alternative fuels and hydrogen.

“We believe that natural gas and related products offer the transportation industry a pathway to reduce carbon emissions in the short term while working towards a long-term goal of net zero as hydrogen and other potential solutions are maturing,” Christina Cassotis, CEO of Pittsburgh International Airport, said. “We believe this strategy can have a global impact.”

In 2014, CNX launched activities related to the development of natural gas at the airport. In 2016, it brought its Marcellus shale wells into production, with the airport sharing the resulting revenue.