Societal Acceptance

Shell has developed and publicly shared a set of five global Onshore Operating Principles, which apply to onshore shale activities where we operate and where hydraulic fracturing is used. These principles cover safety and well integrity, air quality, water protection and use, footprint, and engagement with local communities. We support regulations designed to reduce risks to the environment and keep those living near our operations safe. As new technologies, challenges, and regulatory requirements emerge, we review and update these principles.

Each of our projects takes local context into account, and we design our activities to best suit the local conditions. For example, upon entering a new community, we study the socio-economic and cultural aspects and asses what impacts our activities might have on the community. Then we work with local community members to find ways to enhance the positive impacts of the economic development and minimise any negative impacts. We are committed to providing benefits to communities around our shale assets and are involved in a wide range of social investment initiatives, from health to education/training and road safety. To find out more, read our Onshore Operating Principles Fact Sheet.

Social and Environmental Responsibility

Community Engagement in Shale Oil and Gas

Shell recognizes that communities may have concerns about potential socio-economic and environmental impacts around shales. We believe we can mitigate these impacts and bring sustainable economic benefits to neighboring communities.

Induced Seismicity

Shell understands that concern exists around potential felt-level induced seismicity due to hydraulic fracturing or produced water disposal. Shell assesses the risk profile of each basin before entering and manages operations accordingly.

Reducing Methane Emissions in Shale Oil and Gas

Shell’s business strategy specifically states a strategic ambition to reduce our carbon intensity as part of the energy transition.

Water Conservation in Shale Oil and Gas

For each of our shale assets, we develop a tailor-made water management strategy for water sourcing, use, and disposal.

Reducing Flaring in Shale Oil and Gas

We operate our assets with the goal of eliminating the continuous flaring or release of hydrocarbons due to limited market capacity, and to minimize necessary flaring for safety or emergency purposes.