Shell manages water use and protection in its shale operations in line with its operating principles, local environmental conditions and regulatory requirements.
We use water throughout our operations, in both drilling and hydraulic fracturing, to maintain pressure in the borehole, lubricate the drill and carry drill cuttings to the surface. We manage our water sourcing, use and disposal in line with our Onshore Operating Principles and regulatory requirements. The availability and quality of water, the local environmental conditions and the regulatory requirements vary from location to location. Hence, we develop a tailor-made water management strategy for each of our shale assets.