At the end of 2020, mining accounted for over 10% of Australia’s economy. This has been a huge boom for the country, which remains rich in natural resources. But do you know how environmental drilling helps?
If you want to test and maintain an area, it is essential. Below we give the pros and cons of environmental drilling.
What is Environmental Drilling?
Environmental drilling is the process of drilling into the earth to gain soil or groundwater samples. This can then help assess areas for contamination or to see if wells are needed. There are different types of drilling methods.
Pros of Environmental Drilling
There are several pros associated with environmental drilling. The most common ones are below.
1. Range of Methods
Most environmental drilling companies will have a range of methods. These fall into three categories: water bore, hollow stem auger, and direct push.
Water bore drills sands, rocks, and gravel to large depths. These holes can then have testing equipment and monitors installed in them.
Hollow stem auger drilling uses drill bits without a middle. By adding spoons to the centre, you can obtain soil samples from great depths. Direct Push, also known as soil probing, uses high-speed hammers or high-pressure push to gain samples by driving a tube into the soil.
2. Wide Range of Benefits
There is a huge range of benefits to environmental drilling. These mainly concern the monitoring of groundwater. This is essential if there is a suspicion of contamination.
A drilling contractor will also be able to inform you of ways drilling can help solve any problems as well. They may be able to install recovery wells to remove the water, or even install monitoring equipment to see if water is seeping through dam earth walls.
Drilling can also assist with the removal of waste. It may help to stabilize borehole areas and can be used in the decommissioning of wells.
3. Accurate Sampling
A Sydney environmental drilling company will help you obtain samples for several issues. These can include samples for soil, groundwater, gas, vertical aquifer profiling, packer testing, and bedrock coring.
4. A Range of Wells
There is a range of well-related issues an environmental drilling company will also be able to provide you with. These include the installation of the well, its development, and assisting with the rehabilitation of a well or abandoned ones.
Cons of Environmental Drilling
There are very few cons to environmental drilling. If done in a large amount, it may begin to impact the local environment and ground. However, this is rare and if done responsibly, will not occur.
The other implication is cost. You may pay to have environmental drilling done, and it can be pricey. You may not always find the results you need once it takes place.
Now you know the reasons for environmental drilling, speak to an expert. If you have land that you wish to explore or build on it may be impossible to continue without it.
Your first stop should be BG Drilling. We service the entire eastern area with innovative drilling technology. Contact us here to discuss your next project.