Yes, pipelines can be used to transport water to a well pad and some operators are moving in this direction when logistically possible.
The responsible development of natural gas from shale formations involves both the use of fresh water and the return of water from underground formations. Water is often transported by pipeline for its initial use as well as for recycling and re-use.
The Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Recommended Practices for Water Pipelines is 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 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 footprint.