Ban Mining Explorational Deviated, Directional Drilling in South East of South Australia
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In 2005 a Conventional Well named HARRY #1 was drilled in the South Australian Cooper/Eromanga Basin.
From a Google satellite surface image Harry #1 looks similar to many other Wells
The following about Harry #1 was reported to government in the operator’s annual report for the tenement where it was drilled
- "had to be abandoned with over 1000m of drill pipe and drill collars left in the hole"
- "In regards to the loss of drill-pipe and subsequent abandonment of Harry #1, (and) potential cross-flow from a number of aquifers "THE HOLE PROBLEMS STARTED ONLY AFTER THE HOLE WAS DEVIATED"
From the operator’s subsequent annual tenement report it seems as though cross-flow potential between aquifers was possible for perhaps two or more years
How long this situation was allowed to continue is very important information for ALL Australians especially food producers.
In the South East of South Australia, a prime food production region, there was recently drilled an Exploration Well named Haselgrove 3, which reportedly experienced a problem during the deviated, directional drilling stage.
In view of this and Harry #1 cross-flow problem, a ban on mining explorational, deviated , directional drilling in the South East of South Australia must be implemented as a minimum safety precaution.
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