In the US, Shell’s Shales business is focused in the Permian Basin in West Texas. We have about 260,000 acres (net) in the Delaware basin – much of which is in the core of the play – where we focus on the Wolfcamp, Bone Springs, and Avalon formations.

Safety, protecting the environment, and engaging with our communities are important to Shell as we deliver needed energy sources to the world. 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.

Learn more about our efforts in the Permian Basin.

Inside shales

Putting Safety First in Shale Oil and Gas

Safety drives our actions in our daily activities from exploration through production.

Social and Environmental Responsibility in Shales

Shell conducts its operations in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.

Leveraging Technology in Shale Oil and Gas

Shell uses recent advances in automation, digitalization, and advanced analytics to enhance well productivity.

Drones in Shale Oil and Gas

Shell is working with Avitas Systems to develop and integrate drones into surveillance activities in our shale operations.