Drilling is an extremely controversial topic. And it comes as no surprise, considering the detrimental state of our planet and existing resources. But whether we like it or not, natural gases power almost everything we do. Unless you’re willing to shell it out for solar paneling or opt to live out of a tent in the middle of the forest in Colorado somewhere, it’s likely that you benefit from directional drilling services on a daily basis. In fact, as of last month there are currently 222 existing natural gas rigs in America, and that number is only growing.
There are efforts, however, for pipeline companies to drill for resources in a less impacting and environmentally harmful manner. This solution manifests through something called underground boring.
Underground boring is a form of drilling that bears many names. Also known as directional drilling or directional boring, this kind of drilling employs a steerable trenchless method. This means that the drilling is done on an underground grid or trajectory of sorts, using directional or horizontal drilling equipment.
Directional drilling can be separated into 4 distinct categories. The first of which is called surface inseam (SIS). Surface inseam happens when a drill horizontally intersects with a vertical target. This is generally for the purpose of accessing coal methane. The second type is called utility installation directional drilling, which is sometimes referred to as horizontal directional drilling. The third is called directional boring and the final is called oilfield directional drilling.
Directional and horizontal drilling equipment, as well as the associated technologies are advancing at a rapid pace. With a need for more sustainable solutions comes better machinery that aim to make less of an impact on the surrounding environment. Some of these new innovations are capable of drilling 10-15,000 feet into the ground. These kinds of drilling techniques are also used to lay pipes and install underground power lines, which is extremely effective for areas with frequent inclement weather.