To build a more robust governance system for shale development, the Aspen Dialogue Participants focused on three areas that require targeted improvements: stakeholder engagement; research on the scale of future development and associated impacts; and approaches for regulating shale impacts. Participants drew lessons from past and present experiences to establish principles of good governance and recommendations for implementing these principles, emphasizing these three areas.  Ultimately, Dialogue Participants recognized that formalizing and institutionalizing good processes and governance can improve outcomes and reduce conflict.  

Create early and more effective engagement among stakeholders where all those interested in, able to affect, and affected by shale resource development – positively and negatively – can begin to address issues, discuss the management of potential risks and benefits, and seek to avert conflict;


Develop and maintain reliable, timely and relevant use-inspired research to help regulators, industry, and other decision makers make evidence-based decisions; and,


Build capacity for regulatory excellence, where a participatory framework and meaningful engagement drive continual, adaptive improvement of the regulatory process alongside evidence-based decision making.