Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Lateral Well Drilling and Natural Gas

Saw it at the Energy Blog.

This is the first time I've heard a mention of this technology. Commonly talked about with "low-impact" oil drilling, lateral well drilling is when the oil rig goes horizontal as well as vertical.

Meaning they drill four direction and therefore from one place they could drill for miles around. This being big in two ways. One, more exploration from with one hole. Two, further development of older depleted gas wells.

Little discussed topic. Natural gas production in the US is declining. Natural gas infrastructure on the west coast in particular is aging and investment in new infrastructure is not only unlikely its actually regularly litigated.

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