Shell meets air, water standards set by Pittsburgh organization

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Royal Dutch Shell’s Appalachian operations received a certification for meeting 15 performance standards targeting improvements to shale gas development, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale Development said Wednesday.

The performance standards — which aim to go beyond existing shale regulations in the Marcellus and Utica shale states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia — were created by the Center for Sustainable Shale Development. The group is composed of major energy companies, environmental nonprofits and philanthropic foundations.

The audit conducted by Bureau Veritas, a global firm that specializes in testing, inspection and certification. The process began in September and includes a documentation review, staff interviews and a field-based component that verified that operational practices met with applicable standards. Bureau Veritas visited 17 Shell sites in Tioga County.

In September, energy giant Chevron became the first company to receive a certification from the center.

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