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Big Spring City Council Approves Bid For Lease of Oil and Gas on McMahon-Wrinkle Air Park.

BIG SPRING -- "We have waiting lists right now for airplanes that we do not have the hangar space to accommodate,"said James Little, director of McMahon-Wrinkle Air Park.
BIG SPRING -- "We have waiting lists right now for airplanes that we do not have the hangar space to accommodate,"said James Little, director of McMahon-Wrinkle Air Park.

That will soon change.

The Big Spring City Council approved a bid for lease of oil and gas on the McMahon-Wrinkle Air Park.

According to Little, drilling will not be done directly on the runway, but it could be done underneath it.

"The technology that we have today allows the companies that are drilling for oil to actually go down vertical and then convert over to horizontal type of drilling," Little said.

Little says the drilling would be away from the runways, far enough so that it means the Federal Aviation Administration's standards.

"It will not disrupt the aeronautical operation that we have here, it should not impact it at all," Little said.

The only impact the air park will see, is revenue.

Little says the air park used to be an active air force base that closed down in the late 70s.

The property was then transferred to the city.

"As we see it right now, the revenues that were generated, even if it's by oil or gas, it will theoretically be used to upgrade and to maintain the airport here in Big Spring," said Little.

Allowing for improvements to runways, having more hangar space and to the upkeep of the air park.

Little says this bid is something he is very excited about and says this will benefit the both the air park and the City of Big Spring in a big way.

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