FAA Releases New Guidance on Oil and Gas Extraction at Airports

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently released Advisory Circular 150/5100-20, Guidance on the Extraction of Oil and Gas on Federally Obligated Airports. The new guidance is in response to the growing number of airports interested in allowing oil and gas extraction activities on airport property.

While the AC does not create new requirements, it describes how existing statutory and regulatory requirements apply to proposed oil and gas extraction on or beneath airport property. FAA requirements outlined in the AC include seeking and receiving FAA approval of Airport Layout Plan changes for on-airport development before drilling begins, ensuring the extraction does not create a hazard or conflict with current or planned aviation purposes, getting fair market value payments for oil and gas lease and use of airport land, and using all associated revenue as outlined in the FAA’s revenue use policy and grant agreements.