Social and Environmental Responsibility in Shales
Many of our employees live, attend school, and work in the communities where we operate our shale oil and gas assets. We know our success depends on the wellbeing of the communities around us. As a good neighbour should, we conduct our operations in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.
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
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.
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.
Shell’s business strategy specifically states a strategic ambition to reduce our carbon intensity as part of the energy transition.
For each of our shale assets, we develop a tailor-made water management strategy for water sourcing, use, and disposal.
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.