Communities First Sewickley Valley is a group that works to protect the health, safety and the environment in Sewickley, Pa. The group is currently focusing efforts on raising awareness about the proposed Shell Petrochemical Plant in Potter Township and fracking sites in the area and its impact on local air quality and public health.


Taking On Industrial Pollution and Greenhouse Gases

Title V of the Clean Air Act requires “major sources” of air pollution to obtain operating permits from the EPA or a state or local agency authorized to issue these permits. In Allegheny County, the Allegheny County Health Department in Allegheny County decides these permits. Join GASP, PennEnvironment, Clean Air Council, Clean Water Action, Environmental Integrity Project and the Breathe Project in the effort to clean the region’s air and reduce greenhouse gases.

Shell Falcon Pipeline: Protect the Ambridge Reservoir & Communities

The residents of Beaver County and Allegheny County (BCMAC and CPAR) have aligned with Fractracker Alliance to educate residents on the explosive risks posed by the proximity of the Shell Falcon Pipeline to a major source of drinking water for 35,000 residents as well as residential homes and recreational and wildlife areas.Despite that the DEP issued 101 deficiencies to Shell Pipeline including concerns about the location of the pipeline near the reservoir, schools and communities, DEP approved the Falcon pipeline December 2018. Stay tuned for future campaign actions.

PennFuture's Toxic Neighbor Campaign

Emissions from a developing, massive Shell petrochemical plant in Beaver County would contain a toxic mix of pollutants – particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, and volatile organic compounds, such as acrolein, benzene, toluene and naphthalene – that exacerbate symptoms of asthma and cause cancer.Pennsylvania taxpayers will contribute $1.65 billion in taxpayer dollars toward the construction of the plant which will bring in 600 permanent full-time jobs. This equates to a subsidy of $2,670,000 per job.The plant will emit three times the pollution level of Clairton Coke Works.  

CAC's Southwest Pennsylvania Neighbors for Clean Air

The goal of the Southwest PA Neighbors for Clean Air initiative is to create 100 neighborhood groups of 10 members throughout the region so that residents can learn about and take action on the most pressing environmental issues in Southwest Pennsylvania. In the nine months since the first leader training session, CAC has trained over 80 group leaders, and 20 groups now meet regularly. Contact Dave Smith ([email protected]) to join a group or find out more information.




The Human Toll – Risk and Exposure in Gas Lands

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
By David Templeton and Don Hopey
May, 14, 2019

Investigation: Cracker plant will bring jobs, pollution

WTAE-TV Channel 4
By Paul Van Osdol
May, 09, 2019