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Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Committee (BCMAC) is a 501(c)(3) organization. The organization seeks to inform the citizens of Western Pennsylvania, specifically those in Beaver County, about Marcellus Shale gas drilling, and to protect our natural environment by promoting and supporting sustainable energy alternatives to carbon-based energy sources.


Founding of BCMAC > In 2010, several citizens in Beaver County were educating themselves about the environmental and health dangers to our water, air and land from the Marcellus Shale unconventional gas drilling, also known as slick-water horizontal “fracking”.  Part of this awareness led to regular attendance of monthly meetings at the Ambridge Water Authority.  As residents and customers, we became increasingly concerned due to the encroachment of potential leases for the purpose of unconventional gas drilling in this spring-fed watershed.  The Ambridge Water Authority accesses their water from an aquifer in a rural, pastoral setting in the Townships west of the Ohio River, known as the Service Creek Watershed and Ambridge Reservoir.  In December of 2010, citizens discovered while attending the monthly meeting of the Ambridge Water Authority that natural gas drillers had just obtained signed leases from private property owners in the Service Creek Watershed.  Feeling the need to step into action immediately, we had our first public meeting of the newly named, Beaver County Marcellus Shale Organizing Committee in January 2011. In October 2011 we changed our name to Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Committee.

Shale Gas  Leases in the Service Creek Watershed
Shale gas leases in the Service Creek watershed