HDD: An Environmental Home Run

The Last Word
By John English | December 2010 Vol. 65 No. 12
John English

HDD’s contribution to the environmental movement was as instantaneous as it was far reaching. The utilization of HDD has contributed to the reclamation and preservation of thousand of ecologically sensitive acres while allowing a more efficient use of natural resources. The conversion of coal power plants to clean burning natural gas without disrupting wetlands and wildlife is only a sample of these extensive benefits.

Extraordinary environmental benefits have resulted in a world-wide acceptance of HDD while, at the same time, created a false level of complacency in regards to the actual work performed. Current environmentalists are failing to utilize HDD to its fullest extent. This negative trend is slowly being reversed with environmentalist again taking charge by educating themselves and working directly with good HDD contractors. The greater benefit can continue to expand if project environmentalist demand that HDD projects be properly designed, drilled efficiently and accurately. In order to accomplish maximum environmental influence every party involved must recognize that HDD is the best environmental weapon they have.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: John English is the president of Horizontal Technology Inc.. He is a 32-year veteran of the rotary drilling tool business and has spent the last 19 years in the HDD industry. Among his list of accomplishments are building the first HDD designed hole openers along with the adjustable lo-torque rock reamer. He can be reached at (888)556-5511, jenglish@horizontaltech.com