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Debunking Frequent Myths About Directional Drilling During Pipeline Installation

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If your property is in close proximity to an oil field, there is a pretty good chance you will see some pipeline construction near your property at some point. Any time there is an oil project going on nearby and disturbance to the underlying levels of the surrounding ground of your land, you are bound to have a few concerns. This is especially true when it comes to directional drilling, which is often used in pipeline installation. However, a lot of what people worry about when it comes to directional drilling comes from some fairly common misconceptions. Here are a few of those myths and the real truths you should know as a property owner. 

Myth: Directional drilling involves the use of toxic fluids to soften the ground during drilling

Truth:  When you see fluids being pumped into the ground during directional drilling, what you are actually seeing is something termed viscous fluids. This is a mixture of water and environmentally-safe compounds that works to naturally soften the ground so it is more accepting of the drill. This liquid also prevents the drill from overheating as it turns. 

Myth: The directional drilling process is much more invasive than more traditional trenching methods. 

Truth: The reason several companies have started to adopt directional drilling is because it is much less invasive environmentally. One entry point can be used, which means less of the upper levels of topsoil and natural habitat in the area are disturbed in the pipeline installation process. Additionally, surveying and radiology equipment are used above ground to make sure an accurate drilling route is taken from the start. 

Myth: Directional drilling is not widely used in the industry because of the environmental concerns associated. 

Truth: Even though you may not see directional drilling in pipeline installation as often, this does not mean that it is because it is a harmful industrial procedure. The main reason not every contracting crew uses directional drilling methods comes down to basic skill and experience. Operating the directional drilling equipment involves precise skill that not every contractor has just yet. Further, the equipment can be expensive to obtain for smaller construction companies. 

When you take a look at the truth versus the common myths, it is easy to see that directional drilling during oil pipeline installation is nothing to fear as a landowner at all. If you have additional concerns about directional drilling, just take some time to talk to a contractor from a company like Full Bore Directional Inc. Grand Prairie to discuss your concerns.