Directional drilling is now a staple of the oil and gas industry, although it is also used to install utility lines and other pipelines as well. Horizontal drilling offers financial benefits for business owners. In addition, it benefits the environment. As a business owner, you should consider switching to a directional drilling company to improve your company's profit margin and protect the environment.

Business Advantages

The primary advantage of directional drilling, particularly horizontal drilling, is that it allows you access to multiple sites from one main location. In oil drilling, that means you have one well pad to operate and maintain, but you can dig in different directions and for miles away if necessary. In addition, horizontal drilling allows you access sites that are not reachable by vertical drilling. You can enter a site through a unique angle without disturbing the surface, which is important when you are near residential areas, water, or protected lands. This type of drilling also lengthens the "pay zone" for oil and gas, which increases productivity and profits. Directional drilling has frequently enabled companies to cross rivers and highways.

Environmental Advantages

Horizontal directional drilling is not a perfect method, but it greatly reduces harm to the environment while often increasing profits. Horizontal drilling produces less waste than vertical drilling does. A 400-foot vertical trenched well will produce 345 cubic yards of waste. If the well is drilled horizontally, it produces only about 8 cubic yards of waste. This process protects the land and saves your company disposal expenses, which can cost approximately $50 per ton. In addition to protecting the nation's wetlands and other natural resources, horizontal drilling makes cleanup of hazardous waste safer and more effective. When the waste enters the ground, it may hit a "hard" spot or water table and spread out in a thin but large layer. A few horizontal wells can do the cleanup work of hundreds of vertical wells with far less disruption to the land. 

Directional drilling has been around in a limited way for decades, but in recent years, the procedure has become much more popular. It increases revenue for companies who must drill to reach oil or place pipelines in difficult places, and it has a much less disruptive effect on the environment. The initial drilling may be somewhat costly, but the savings on maintenance costs as well as the rise in production can make it far more affordable than vertical drilling. 

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