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The Life of an Onshore Well: Finding and Producing Tight or Shale Gas & Oil

See the full life cycle of a tight or shale gas or oil well. We walk through planning and building a pad, exploring for oil and gas, developing a location and producing oil or gas. You'll see how we drill and frack a tight oil or gas well, and what a producing pad typically looks like once drilling is complete.

Over the last decade, we have expanded our North American onshore natural gas portfolio, using advances in proven technology to tap rich resources of previously inaccessible "tight" gas, including gas locked in shale formations.  The Shell portfolio includes about 3.5 million acres of mineral rights with the potential to yield 40 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, the energy equivalent of nearly 7 billion barrels of oil.




Why Natural Gas?

Natural gas is the purest fossil fuel. See how it provides environmental and economic benefits and supports energy innovation.

Understanding Tight and Shale Gas

The technology advances that have made it possible to unlock new sources of natural gas are an important step forward in developing a cleaner energy future.

How We Operate

We focus on safety and environmental protection throughout the life cycle of a natural gas well.

Where We Operate

Our onshore gas business in North America encompasses operations in both Canada and the United States.

Operating Principles

Shell’s principles for producing gas & oil from tight sandstone or shale.

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