Drilling isn’t exactly a topic that everyone shares common knowledge on. For many, drilling is a distant and evil Texan scheme, operated by a fat man with an iron belt buckle, a cowboy hat, and a handlebar mustache who is laughing maniacally in his tower of wealth as we speak.
But whether we care to admit it or not, drilling is a necessary part of how we function as a society. Even if you’re against oil, it is likely that you benefit from the efforts directional boring and the like. Want to know why gas prices have been so low this year? It’s because of onshore directional drilling efforts. As of last month, there are 222 oil rigs for natural gas in the United States. This undoubtedly powers your home. So every time you turn on Netflix to watch your anti-drilling documentary, you can thank directional drilling companies in Texas for their services.
Believe it or not, new innovations in drilling technologies are making it easier for individuals to live. Additionally, this new horizontal and directional boring equipment attempts to make less of an impact on the environment. For example, underground power lines are a relatively new innovation in the United States, making up only 18% of power lines in the country. How are these put in? Underground boring. The process of underground boring ensures that minimal impact is made on surround environments. Like laparoscopic surgery, these drilling techniques create marked pathways underground and drill by following the prescribed path. In fact, some of theses newer directional boring technologies are able to go from anywhere between 10-15,00 feet into the ground under the right conditions.
So what can be said about drilling? Hate it or love it, understand it or not, horizontal and directional drilling is here to stay, and it affects the way we live our lives on a daily basis.