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Marcellus Shale Coalition Releases Recommended Practices For Water Pipelines

The Marcellus Shale Coalition Thursday published Recommended Practices for Water Pipelines, the sixth in a series of guidance documents aimed at further enhancing the safe development of natural gas across the Appalachian basin.

This recommended practice  for constructing water pipelines is in line with the MSC’s Guiding Principles to “implement state-of-the-art environmental protection across our operations” and supports ongoing industry efforts to reduce its operational overall footprint.

“By continually implementing cutting-edge recycling technologies, water pipelines and other innovative water management practices, our industry is able to further reduce the volume of truck traffic and capitalize on environmental benefits inherent to safe development and use of natural gas,” said MSC chief executive officer Kathryn Klaber. “As Marcellus Shale development advances, and more operators build water pipeline networks to support their well operations, this guidance document will aid in the siting and construction process. Additionally, this RP builds upon a series of content-rich, member-driven guidance documents designed to raise the bar and advance our industry’s commitment to operational excellence and compliance.”

This Practice for Water Pipelines was drafted by industry professionals and provides guidance to the industry in the following areas:

-- Optimal Route Selection: Identify sensitive resources and minimize environmental impact.

-- Pipe Materials: Determine correct materials and utilize proper resources to construct pipelines.

-- Valves: Install appropriate valves to isolate segments of the line; allow for maintenance; and permit drainage.

-- Pipeline Restraints: Use restraints to prevent unwanted line movement.

-- Operational Considerations: Test pipelines to avoid leaks, consider any environmental consequences, monitor all lines and air venting during operations, and consider using locks, handles, protective covering, or drainage when necessary.

-- Deactivation: Upon completion the pipeline should be deactivated or removed in its entirety after all remaining water is removed.

Continued Klaber, “With water and water management serving a critical role in the well completion process, ensuring that water pipelines, both temporary and permanent, are constructed to the highest degree of integrity is critical for the development process, the environment and public safety.”

To view other Recommended Practices Click Here and to view the MSC’s Guiding Principles Click Here.


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