Societal Acceptance

We have developed and publicly shared a set of five, global Onshore Operating Principles, which apply to onshore tight/shale gas and oil activities where we operate and 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.

Each of our projects takes into account the local context and we then design our activities to best suit the local conditions. We are committed to providing benefits to communities around our shales assets and are involved in a range of social investment initiatives, ranging from health to education/training and road safety. To find out more, read our On-Shore Operating Principles in Action Fact Sheets.

Social and Environmental Responsibility

Community Engagement

We recognize that communities may have concerns around potential socio-economic and environmental impacts around shales. We believe we can mitigate these impacts and bring sustainable economic benefits to neighboring communities.

Induced Seismicity

We understand that some concerns exist around potential felt-level induced seismicity due to hydraulic fracturing or produced water disposal, and have assessment processes and management practices in place that reflect the risk profile of each basin.


Shell’s business strategy specifically states a strategic ambition to reduce our carbon intensity as part of the energy transition.


We manage our water sourcing, use and disposal in line with our Onshore Operating Principles, local environmental conditions and regulatory requirements. We develop a tailor-made water management strategy for each of our shale assets.

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