Gold Creek

Gold Creek is an exploration opportunity near Grande Prairie, Alberta. Since late 2013, Shell has been pursuing the production of light tight oil, gas and liquids from the wet Montney play in this area.

As of June 2020, Shell has 40 wells on-stream in the area, averaging approximately 5,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

For more information about Shell’s Alberta Shales business, please contact: 1-855-723-3193.

Fox Creek and Rocky Mountain House

On February 17, 2021, Shell announced the sale of our Duvernay assets to Crescent Point Energy Corp.

On April 1, 2021, Shell closed the transaction with Crescent Point Energy Corp. for the sale of the Duvernay shale light oil position in Alberta, Canada. The sale includes the transfer of approximately 450,000 net acres in the Fox Creek (Kaybob) and Rocky Mountain House (Willesden Green) areas, along with related infrastructure, currently producing around 30,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) from more than 270 wells.

The divestment reflects Shell’s overall Upstream strategic direction to pursue core positions with strong integrated value chains. The Duvernay assets continue to deliver value, which was clearly recognized by Crescent Point. We are proud of the Shales Canada team who have developed these assets and worked diligently to close the sale over a short time period. Over the past decade, Shell has contributed more than CAD $6.5 million in social investment funding to the communities of Fox Creek, Edson and Rocky Mountain House, supporting environmental, educational and community initiatives that have improved the services and support available to neighbours and families throughout these communities.

Operating Principles

How We Operate

Shell believes we can safely and responsibly explore, develop and produce shale resources where hydraulic fracturing technology is used. In support of that commitment, Shell has five operating principles that focus on safety and protecting water, air, wildlife and members of the communities where we operate.

While these principles are applied globally across Shell, we also consider each project independently—from the geology to the surrounding environment and communities—and design our activities using technology and innovative approaches that are best matched to local conditions.

Here are some examples of how we deliver on these principles in Alberta Shales:

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

We have strict company standards for our well and facility designs. Before we begin to drill, we conduct a hazard assessment to analyze risks and develop control measures to reduce those risks. We use at least two barriers in the section of all oil and gas wells that pass through the drinkable groundwater aquifer to isolate the hydrocarbon production stream inside the wellbore, and do not hydraulically fracture a well unless we have pressure tested for wellbore integrity. We do not use diesel in our hydraulic fracturing fluids, and support regulation that requires suppliers to release information about chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluids (visit www.fracfocus.ca).

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

At the present time, we’re using fresh water, wastewater and treated effluent to meet our immediate needs. All water pipelines built throughout our field distribute water between our assets, minimize traffic, reduce emissions, noise and dust, and improve road safety. We offer five-year sampling of domestic wells to anyone within our operational footprint and complete water well testing before, during and after development activities.

3. Shell conducts its operations in a manner that protects Air Quality and controls Fugitive Emissions as reasonably practicable

Across our operations, we have leak detection and repair programs in place which involves using infrared cameras to check for fugitive emissions and fix any leaks that are detected. We’re also using our own fuel gas in our operations to reduce emissions.

4. Shell works to reduce its operational footprint

In development planning, we engage early on with First Nations to understand traditional land use areas and to help avoid disturbing culturally sensitive areas or areas used for traditional purposes such as fishing, hunting or trapping. When possible, we use existing corridors and previously-disturbed land to reduce our overall surface footprint. We also participate in local operator groups to collaborate with our industry partners, to minimize impacts.

5. Shell engages with local communities regarding Socio-Economic impacts that may arise from our operations

In Alberta Shales, we pursue opportunities to train and hire staff locally. We also actively work with local and Indigenous businesses to help them become certified contractors that meet Shells’ stringent safety policies. 


Shell’s Approach to Safety

At Shell, safety is our top priority. Guided by what we call “Goal Zero”, we aim to have zero incidents that cause harm to people. Our mandatory 12 Life-Saving Rules reinforce what employees and contractors must know and do to prevent serious injury or fatality, such as wearing a seat belt, not using your cell phone or exceeding the speed limit while driving, and not using drugs or alcohol while working or driving.

Emergency Preparedness

Our primary aim is to prevent emergencies from occurring but Shell employees and contractors are highly trained to respond if an incident were to occur. Comprehensive emergency response plans are in place for all our wells and we conduct response drills on a regular basis to test our ability and the processes.


Indigenous Consultation

We believe Indigenous communities are important partners; our projects must be designed and implemented to minimize impacts, provide shared value and enhance relationships with Indigenous Peoples. Building and maintaining trusting relationships, investing in human capacity, and sharing economic benefits, provides opportunity to maintain social license to operate, reduce project risks, and builds a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Shell acknowledges the rights of Indigenous Peoples and recognizes that additional resources, strategies and actions are required to engage with impacted communities to understand their concerns and issues, to develop and implement mitigation and enhancement measures, as well as develop relationships for the life of our operations.

Read more about Shell’s commitment to Indigenous Peoples in Canada

Stakeholder Engagement

At Shell, we’re committed to engaging with our stakeholders to share our plans and gather input to assist us in planning our development. With open houses, one-on-one meetings and through industry synergy groups, Shell includes local communities in our decision-making process.

Social Investment

Shell strives to benefit the local communities in which we operate. Since 2011, Shell has invested nearly $10 million in Shell’s Alberta Shales communities. We focus on providing long-term sustainable programs in four main areas: Environment, Education, Employees and Community.

Visit our website at www.shell.ca/community to find out more about Shell’s Social Investment program.

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