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.
Onshore Operating Principles:
- Shell designs, constructs and operates wells and facilities in a safe and responsible way.
- Shell conducts its operations in a manner that protects groundwater and reduces potable water use as reasonably practicable.
- Shell conducts its operations in a manner that protects air quality and controls fugitive emissions as reasonably practicable.
- Shell works to reduce its operational footprint.
- Shell engages with local communities regarding socio-economic impacts that may arise from its operations.
Read about how the On-Shore Operating Principles are being applied in North America.