Our five aspirational operating principles focus on safety, environmental safeguards, and engagement with nearby communities to address concerns and help develop local economies. We are working towards making all of our Shell-operated onshore projects where hydraulic fracturing is used, to produce gas and oil from tight sandstone or shale, consistent with these principles.

We consider each project – from the geology to the surrounding environment and communities – and design our activities using technology and innovative approaches best suited to local conditions. We also support government regulations consistent with these principles that are designed to reduce risks to the environment and keep those living near operations safe.

Learn about how we use the principles for projects we operate and projects where Shell is involved, but not the operator, in the full principles guide.

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Our five principles are:

Principle 1: Safety

Shell designs, constructs and operates wells and facilities in a safe and responsible way. 

Principle 2: Water

Shell conducts its operations in a manner that protects groundwater and reduces potable water use as reasonably practicable.

Principle 3: Air

Shell conducts its operations in a manner that protects air quality and controls fugitive emissions as reasonably practicable.

Principle 4: Footprint

Shell works to reduce its operational footprint.

Principle 5: Community

Shell engages with local communities regarding socio-economic impacts that may arise from its operations.

Read the Operating Principles in full and learn about our examples in practice.

Read the Shell's On-Shore Operating Principles in Action in North America: Methane Fact Sheet

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