The proposed Falcon Pipeline is a 97-mile pipeline to feed the Shell Petrochemical Plant. It will be built by the Shell Pipeline Company and will run through 22 townships including Beaver County. Should the pipeline leak or explode at any point, multiple areas within 1,000 feet of the pipeline will be at risk, including private water wells and the Ambridge Reservoir. It will also come dangerously close to 550 family homes, 20 businesses, 5 schools and 6 daycare centers, 12 public parks, major hiking and biking trails and the Independence Marsh.

The Falcon:

Water Crossings and Hazards


JANUARY 26, 2018


  • Intersects 319 streams; 361 additional streams are

  • only 500ft from construction areas

  • Intersects 174 wetlands; 470 additional wetlands

  • are only 500ft from construction areas

  • Majority of crossings will be open cuts and dry-ditch trenching

  • A total of 19 horizontal directional drilling (HDD) sites;

  • 40 conventional boring sites

  • 25 miles of pipeline overlap karst limestone formations, including 9 HDD sites

  • 240 groundwater wells within 1/4 mile of the pipeline;

  • 24 within 1,000ft of an HDD site

January 2019:

Shell Falcon Pipeline

Permits Approved Despite Massive Outpouring of Public Disapproval

Update from NoPetroPA

January 2019:

Citizens Question the Safety

and Timing of the DEP Approval

of the Shell Falcon Pipeline

Analysis from Breathe Project

September, 2018:

25 zones along the proposed Shell Falcon Pipeline are at risk

of explosions due to landslides

Good Reading:

Who gets to say

where it's safe

to build a pipeline?  

By ANYA Anya Litvaka, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

DEP extends comment period for Shell's Falcon pipeline

By Paul J. Gough  – Reporter, Pittsburgh Business Times

Feb 19, 2018, 10:00am

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has extended a comment period for a permit for Shell Pipeline Co.'s Falcon pipeline in Pennsylvania.

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