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Report: Drilling spills ruined wells and polluted streams in Westmoreland, across Pennsylvania

By |October 15th, 2021|Geotechnical Pennsylvania, Soil Testing|

Source: Report: Drilling spills ruined wells and polluted streams in Westmoreland, across Pennsylvania | Edward Mioduski holds a jar of water produced by his Loyalhanna Township well in June 2017, a month after the water became polluted during drilling underneath nearby Loyalhanna Lake. Alice and Edward Mioduski point to where the Mariner East II pipeline cuts across their farm in Loyalhanna Township. It has been more than four years since Edward and Alice Mioduski of Loyalhanna Township have been able to drink water from their well near Loyalhanna Lake. Drilling mud mixed with the mineral bentonite leaked from the hole that Sunoco Pipeline L.P. was boring underneath the lake in May 2017. It bled into the aquifer that their 95-foot-deep well had tapped into for decades. The crystal-clear water turned cloudy gray with little white blobs floating around. “Within a short time, it went to hell,” Alice Mioduski said. Before that, their water was “the nectar of the gods. We never ran out of water.” Now, they have a 1,500-gallon plastic tank in their backyard that provides water for showering and washing clothes — when it doesn’t freeze in the winter — paid for by Sunoco. A filtration system inside the house provides water for drinking and cooking. The damage to streams and water supplies by the leaks and lost fluids during construction of the 307-mile Mariner East II pipeline is outlined in a 64-page indictment handed down last week by a statewide investigating grand jury. Energy Transfer L.P. of Dallas, a successor to Sunoco Pipeline, was slapped with 48 criminal violations of the Clean Streams Law. Fluids that were to return to the surface and be dumped into a drill pit for reuse simply disappeared underground or bubbled up to the surface. The grand jury alleges [...]

Shapiro files 48 charges against pipeline company for drilling spills

By |October 6th, 2021|Drilling, Geotechnical Pennsylvania, Geotechnical Texas|

Source: Shapiro files 48 charges against pipeline company for drilling spills | City & State PA   Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Tuesday in Pennsylvania announced a slew of criminal charges against Energy Transfer Partners, the Texas-based company behind the construction of a controversial 350-mile natural gas pipeline that runs through 17 counties. Shapiro announced that his office filed 48 criminal charges against Energy Transfer for violating state environmental statutes, with 45 of the charges being for illegally releasing industrial waste throughout the state. The charges follow an 18-month investigation by a statewide grand jury which found that Sunoco Pipeline L.P. – which later merged with Energy Transfer – “criminally failed to properly report and address the environmental hazards created by its operations during the entirety of the pipeline project.” Shapiro said the charges stem from the illegal release of industrial waste at 22 different sites in 11 counties across the state. The grand jury’s findings detailed the release of hundreds of thousands of gallons of drilling fluid into lakes, waterways and residential areas since the pipeline’s construction began in 2017. Shapiro said upwards of 150 families suffered contaminated drinking water from construction of the pipeline. “Corporations should not be treated leniently just because there's not a mugshot of Energy Transfer being arrested today,” Shapiro said at a press conference. “They should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. That is what we are here to do – to apply the law without fear or without favor.” Shapiro announced the charges from Marsh Creek State Park in Chester County, which was polluted with between 21,000 and 28,000 gallons of drilling fluid just last year, according to the grand jury’s findings. A spokesperson for Energy Transfer did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The charges prompted some to [...]

Adding a Soil Testing Service to Your Drilling Business

By |December 5th, 2019|Geotechnical Arkansas, Geotechnical California, Geotechnical Colorado, Geotechnical Delaware, Geotechnical Idaho, Geotechnical Georgia, Geotechnical Alabama, Geotechnical Connecticut, Geotechnical Florida, Introductory, Geotechnical Arizona|

Are you a driller looking at adding a soil testing service to your business? If you’ve been in the drilling business for any length of time, or if you’ve been involved in drilling around sites that are being prepped for construction or development - you may have crossed paths with a Cone Penetration Test (CPT) operation. If you have been curious about this service, you probably noticed that the operating conditions of CPT are pretty comfortable. You may have also heard that the daily rates or rates charged per foot of depth for CPT are usually quite a bit better than what you can get for drilling. Adding soil testing services to your business can be a good way to diversify your workload and ensure a steady income for your business and your family. What you may not know, is that the skills you’ve acquired to drill are a good basis for entering the CPT business. What do you need to get started? A good place to start is to start comprehending the reasons why customers need a soil testing service and the basics of how this type of soil testing works. This will help you to start thinking about the needs in your area and the types of things you’ll need to learn in order to be successful in the business. Why a Soil Testing Service? When engineers are in the early stages of designing infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, or foundations for buildings, they need to know the characteristics of the ground that is going to be built on. Depending upon the type of construction, they may need to understand how soil, clay and rock are layered below the surface. This can help them to decide what the construction process will look like. For instance, will blasting or [...]


By |December 5th, 2019|Geotechnical Nevada, Geotechnical New Hampshire, Geotechnical New Jersey, Geotechnical New Mexico, Geotechnical New York, Geotechnical Missouri, Geotechnical Minnesota, Geotechnical Mississippi, Geotechnical Nebraska, Introductory, Geotechnical Montana|

Mud Rotary Drilling and Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) both provide reliable options for gaining subsurface information. In fact, the two are even compatible – many organizations that order drilling services, such as mud rotary drilling are also using CPT for their operations. Mud Rotary Drilling Mud rotary drilling is a versatile and dependable method for geological drilling operations. It is most commonly used to create a hole that will then be used for water well, seismic testing and commercial drilling operations. The mud rotary drilling functions with a drill-bit that is attached to a drill-rod that rotates into a borehole. This is done while pumping a drill mud that contains bentonite or polymer slurry into the borehole. Once this operation is complete, the drilling mud will circulate into a mud pit where the remaining residue in the borehole caused by drilling will then come out and be reused. This process is done without any effort from the drilling operators, and speeds up the drilling by removing any potential obstacles. Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) is the use of a hardened cone shape that is pushed into the ground to substantial depths. The cone is pushed using steel rods that are able to be connected to each other as the depth increases. A dominant hydraulic ram is used to produce a considerable amount of downward force to facilitate the cone to penetrate soft soils, sand and clay. Though both provide suitable options for obtaining subsurface information, there are many benefits to using CPT over drilling. First off, CPT is a faster, less expensive option that also provides immediate results on site. CPT can also point to where rotary mud drilling will be required which is typically because of subsurface conditions or where more sampling should be done. CPT [...]

Converting a Drilling Rig into a CPT Platform

By |December 4th, 2019|Geotechnical Rhode Island, Geotechnical South Carolina, Geotechnical Tennessee, Geotechnical South Dakota, Geotechnical Ohio, Geotechnical Texas, Geotechnical Pennsylvania, Introductory, Cone Penetration, Video Posts, Geotechnical North Dakota, Geotechnical Oklahoma, Geotechnical Oregon|

If you're familiar with our CPT University blog then you may have had a chance to take a closer look into what CPT can do for your business. If you're yet to make the switch; it may be because you don't exactly have the means to support the transition into the CPT business. Fortunately, if you're still looking to reap the benefits of CPT rigs, the Vertek CPT Drill Rig Adapter may be the solution that you have been searching for. Read on to learn how you can start growing your drilling business. Converting a drill rig into a CPT platform using a Vertek CPT Drill Rig Adapter Businesses that transition out of SPT or Hollow Stem Auger Drilling are able to become more efficient and obtain a higher daily rate. How Does it Work? The drill rig CPT adapter kit enables drilling service providers to complete CPT testing with their existing equipment. So how does it work exactly? The simple adapter is first screwed onto the drill head. This enables the existing push and pull hydraulic system to advance and retract the CPT equipment to and from the subsurface. This is just a small snippet of what the drill rig CPT adapter kit can do, for even more on it's functionality, visit our drilling conversion page. A CPT Drilling Conversion Rig Kit Consists of: A Peizo-Cone Penetrometer A Data Acquisition System (DAS) and coaxial communication cable A Depth Marker for depth measurement A Drill Head Adapter for advancing and removal Rods or Rod Adapters Wear surface consumables and spares (tips, sleeves, pore pressure filters) Seismic shear wave equipment (optional) Converting a drilling rig can be a cost-effective entry into CPT. By following this route, you can enter the CPT business with a brand that offers exceptional domestic support and [...]

Drilling in Southwest Indiana at a 15-year peak

By |April 16th, 2016|Drilling Indiana, Drilling Illinois, Drilling Ohio, Drilling Kentucky, Drilling, Drilling Michigan, Geotechnical Ohio, Drilling Missouri, Geotechnical Illinois, Geotechnical Michigan, Geotechnical Missouri, St. Louis, Drilling|

Indiana State officials say Southwest Indiana is experiencing a boom in oil and gas exploration, with a peak number of wells drilled over the past 15 years. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil and Gas released a report earlier this week that says oil and gas wells are being drilled in Indiana "At a pace that hasn't been seen for at least 15 years," according to Herschel McDivitt, director of the DNR Division of Oil and Gas. DNR officials say the division issued more than 450 drilling permits in 2006, a number that McDivitt expects to steadily increase during the next several years, due to the anticipated higher prices for crude oil and natural gas. "This is an exciting time to be in the oil and gas business," McDivitt said in a press release announcing the news. "While much of the interest is in drilling for crude oil, a growing number of wells are being drilled for natural gas, especially in the southwestern part of Indiana where companies are actively developing wells." McDivitt acknowledged that along with the increase in drilling applications has come a significant number of questions from landowners who have been approached by companies seeking to obtain leases from the landowners allowing them to drill on their properties. "Many landowners are unfamiliar with the process of leasing their land for oil and gas and are seeking more information about oil and gas operations and looking to find answers to their questions," McDivitt said. DNR has also made some changes in the Division of Oil and Gas's organizational structure. Jim AmRhein will be responsible for all inspections and compliance- related functions within the division's program. Previously, AmRhein was in charge of all permitting functions, as well as inspections and enforcement duties in central and northern [...]

Limited Access Drilling

By |April 30th, 2015|

Limited Access Drilling Steep Slopes ­ At GEOTILL steep slopes are our specialty. With very little site prep, usually using only pick and shovel, our equipment can be set up on some of the steepest of slopes or in extreme cases we can even drill from a cage into a vertical rock face.         Confined Spaces­ With our highly portable drilling equipment GEOTILL can set up in a space as small as a bathroom stall. We can obtain valuable geotechnical data in tight spaces for evaluation of failing or shifting structures.                 Indoors GEOTILLhas an extensive resume of indoor drilling projects. We have numerous ways of safely powering our equipment indoors from electrically driven pumps and hydraulic power packs to hydraulic hose extensions to exhaust hoses. We have completed projects inside dams, warehouses, office buildings, residential buildings, tunnels, basements and more. Basically if there is reasonable man access chances are pretty good that we can get a drill rig in there.         Landslides ­ With our steep slope set ups and minimal site disturbance GEOTILL can set up on multiple locations within a landslide area to obtain geotechnical samples as well as install monitoring instrumentation.                     Extremely Remote Locations ­ At GEOTILL we can get our equipment into locations where there is no hope of getting wheeled or track mounted equipment. Using light helicopters to ferry equipment and crews we can easily reach some of the most inaccessible sites.                   Over Water ­ From creeks, streams, and rivers to lakes and tidal areas when it comes to over water investigative drilling GEOTILL has you covered. Utilizing platforms, light duty barges, [...]

Soil Drilling

By |April 29th, 2015|

Soil Drilling With experienced team of drilling crews, site supervisors, field technicians , geotechnical and geo-environmental engineers, all supported by an experienced management team, GEOTILL are able to deliver site investigation projects of the highest quality. GEOTILL are at the forefront of the industry and have delivered some of the most complex and technically challenging site investigations undertaken in the Midwest USA. GEOTILL have: Formed holes to 500 ft in depth Accessed positions in building basements Formed inclined holes in cliff faces Operated from platforms to form holes on peat bogs Worked overwater using jack up platforms and pontoons The Company has the enviable record of delivering some of the most complex and technically challenging drilling ground investigations undertaken in the Midwest USA for Geotechnical and Environmental projects. GEOTILL work across all environs, both on land and overwater, forming exploratory holes up to 500 ft in depth and using a variety of exploration methods including the sophisticated wireline “Geobore S” triple tube drilling system. GEOTILL are at the forefront of the industry combining conventional investigation methods with innovative techniques for data capture, acquisition and interpretation, bringing a new dimension to the field of ground investigation. With a truly flexible approach, GEOTILL are able to provide a bespoke service to fulfil all our customers requirements. Angle -Side Slope Drilling We have Rigs on site that are capable of angle-side slope drilling. Angle-Slope drilling is for working on steep slopes and dams. The rigs allow us to drill at an angle from a flat surface or drill vertical from a slope surface. Air Sparge Wells Environmental remediation. The sparge is a well that is set at 10ft under the soil. Used for pushing vapors up which sit at the top of the water table. As the vapors come up there are other surrounding wells (Vapor [...]

Environmental Drilling

By |April 29th, 2015|

Environmental Drilling Services Today, more than ever, we recognize the importance of maintaining and appreciating our environment, not only for us today, but for future generations to come. Since our beginning, GEOTILL Drilling has been providing environmental drilling services for our clients throughout the Midwest (Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri, and Illinois). Our environmental drilling practices will provide clean, accurate samples to determine the existence of any contaminates in soil or groundwater. From sampling and testing to monitoring and soil and groundwater remediation, when problems run deep, Groundbreaking Solutions are needed. To meet the needs of our individual client’s projects, GEOTILL Drilling offers a variety of direct push sampling and continuous drilling services. Direct Push Sampling and Continuous Drilling Services Include: Monitoring Well Installation Extraction Well Installation Vertical Water Sampling SVE Wells and Sparge Wells Well Development, Rehabilitation & Abandonment Chemical Injection Soil & Groundwater Sampling Soil and Groundwater Remediation Soil Borings and Soil Gas Sampling Pre-packed Well Installation ASTM (D 6725) MONITORING WELL INSTALLATIONS 1-inch through 4-inch Wells Various well materials in stock Well development Well abandonment Soil vapor gas installations   EXTRACTION WELL INSTALLATIONS Large diameter auger drilling Pump testing Pump installation Piping installation Well development/rehabilitation Well screen design VERTICAL WATER SAMPLING Lead screened auger Temporary well Hydropunch Duel or single packers SimulProbe/MaxiProbe SOIL BORINGS AND SAMPLING MC5 soil sampling Macro soil sampling Dual tube soil sampling Soils Drilling Besides our Hollow Stem Auger and Air/Mud Rotary drilling rigs, GEOTILL Drilling offers a complete array of direct push sampling services utilizing our Geoprobe drilling rigs. Specifically designed for environmental drilling, our Geoprobe services are ideal for soil borings, groundwater sampling and monitor well installation. Environmentally friendly, compact and mobile, our Geoprobe direct-push drilling services will provide your environmental drilling project with fast, cost-effective, reliable Groundbreaking Solutions. WATER SAMPLING [...]

Geotechnical Drilling

By |April 29th, 2015|

Geotechnical Drilling Services While the completed project is generally above ground, the project starts below it. At GEOTILL Drilling, we know that the conditions below the surface are as critical and complex as the structures that sit atop it. These sub-surface conditions can significantly impact the scope of your project’s design, budget and schedule. Accurate Samples from Reliable Soils Drilling Practices At GEOTILL Drilling, our Geotechnical Drilling and soils drilling services provide you with accurate, reliable samples, supplying the data necessary to make the appropriate design and engineering decisions. From soil stability and classification to groundwater depth and its inherent impact, technicians provide the answers to your design questions. Proven experience and proven results, this is why clients have turned to GEOTILL Drilling  to provide Groundbreaking Solutions for their geotechnical drilling projects. GEOTILL offers a variety of drilling and testing services to meet the needs of our individual client’s projects, including: Soils Drilling Soil Sampling Rock Coring Instrumentation Installation In-situ Testing Geoprobe Direct Push Sampling Our drilling equipment is available for both onshore and offshore projects and is capable of drilling in any terrain or location. GEOTILL Drilling is known for our ability to complete projects both large and complex without sacrificing performance and providing quality samples. We offer the client both hollow-stem auger and rotary drilling featuring the following drilling rigs: Low Clearance Small ATV Track Large ATV Track and Rubber Tire Large Truck Rigs Pontoon Capabilities Types of Geotechnical Drilling SOIL SAMPLING & TESTING: 2″ through 3.5″ splitspoon soil samplers 2″ through 5.0″ Shelby tube soil samplers, Piston samplers and GUS samplers 3″ through 6.0″ CME continuous soil samplers Wireline continuous soil sampling Pitcher sampler Geoprobe soil borings ROCK CORING: NQ 2″ wireline rock coring NQ 3″ wireline rock coring HQ wireline rock coring HQ triple wireline rock [...]

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