Shale Energy Law Blog
On May 22, 2013, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) released a guidance document entitled Recommended Practices: Pipeline Boring. Pipeline boring, also called horizontal directional drilling, is used when trenching is impractical or impossible, such as beneath highways, railroads, and bodies of water. In addition to providing best practices for planning and construction, the document guides operators through dealing with the inadvertent return of drilling fluid and necessary corrective actions. This document is the seventh in a series of guidance documents developed by MSC’s various subject-specific committees.