Shell takes concerns around induced seismicity seriously and takes steps to proactively manage the risk.
We understand 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, often beyond regulatory requirements. Based on the characteristics of each subsurface formation, our risk framework provides for customised responses. We assess the subsurface formation and surface environment around our operations and have developed appropriate mitigation plans to follow if needed.
Shell is also an active participant in the Stanford Centre for Induced and Triggered Seismicity (SCITS) and the University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology’s Center for Induced Seismicity Research (CISR) to better understand seismicity as it relates to shale oil and gas exploration and production.
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