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ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S01-12 [Active (Synthesis)]

Airport Participation in Oil & Gas Development
[ ACRP 11-03 (Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $45,000
Authorization to Begin Work: 11/23/2015 -- estimated
Staff Responsibility: Gail R. Staba
Research Agency: KRAMER aerotek
Principal Investigator: Lois Kramer
Effective Date: 5/15/2016
Fiscal Year: 2016

Final Scope

Airport sponsors are always in need of alternative sources of revenue. In some areas of the U.S. the pressures to reduce dependence on aeronautical revenues and local financial support can be supplemented through mineral development revenues. Airports with oil and gas assets are attractive to mineral development interests.

The purpose of this synthesis is to provide understanding of the following issues:

• Mineral leasing best practices to maximize revenue streams
• Environmental regulations and reclamation
• Health and life safety
• Maintaining safe airport operations
• Establishing compatible land use off-airport

The researcher will compile literature and information from interview of airports on effective practices, dos and don’ts, and issues to resolve prior to developing minerals on or near airports. A concise report will include, at minimum

• FAA policy, federal regulations, and statutes pertaining to public airports
• Airspace safety and airport operational considerations
• Grant assurance issues
• Breadth of state regulations (i.e., range or general types of state regulations)
• Variations between on- and off-airport development
• Relationships, parties to Agreements, and who needs to be a part of the process (e.g., specialized attorney, aviation planner, aviation engineer, property owner, state aeronautics)
• Experience of airports that have undertaken mineral development or chosen not to develop
• Appendices-Contracts, Lease Agreement and Stipulations, Well Permits, Best Practices for Well Site Control and Reclamation, etc.

The following airports may be considered when collecting data:

DFW, Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX
PIT, Pittsburgh, PA
DEN, Denver, CO
ISN/XWA Williston, ND
PWA, Wiley Post, Oklahoma City
HLG, Wheeling-Ohio, WV
DTO, Denton Enterprise Airport, TX
ELM Elmira-Corning Airport, NY
GKY Arlington Municipal Airport, TX
K3Fe Rusty Williams Airport, Mansfield, LA
TUL/RVS Airport(s) Tulsa, OK
GLS Scholes International Airport, Galveston, TX

A strategic priority for ACRP is to assure quality improvement in its research projects. ACRP therefore encourages the principal investigator to participate in a 1-day Symposium on ACRP Research in Progress that will be held during the Transportation Research Board’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Partial information sources:
• FAA AC 150/5100-20, Guidance on the Extraction of Oil and Gas on Federally Obligated Airports, April 2016.
• 14 CFR Pt 77, Safe, Efficient Use, and Preservation of the Navigable Airspace.
• FAA AC 150/5300-13, Airport Design
• Guidebook for developing and leasing airport property (ACRP Report 47)
• Airport Revenue Diversification (ACRP Synthesis of Airport Practice 19)
• Open for Business: Airports as Real Estate Developer and Strategic Partner, Area Development (magazine)
• Land Use Management and Airport Controls: Trends and indicators of incompatible land use
• Mineral Rights Revenue Exemption Toolkit
• Compliance Guidance Letter 2012-01: FAA Implementation of Public Law 112-95 Section 813, Use of Mineral Revenue at Certain Airports
• http://aci-na.org/static/entransit/LEGAL_SessionI_Letwin-MineralEstates.pdf 

Topic Panel
Francisco Alonzo, Denver International Airport
Steven Kjergaard, Sloulin Field International Airport
Rachel Mosier, Oklahoma State University
Tom Schauer, KLJ Engineering
Rick Etter, Federal Aviation Administration
Aneil Patel, Airports Council International - North America

Gail Staba
email: gstaba@nas.edu
phone: 202-334-2442

First meeting: April 5, 2016, Irvine, CA
Teleconference: May 11, 2016, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Second meeting: November 7, 2016, Irvine, CA

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