University of Colorado at Boulder
BMP of Oil and Gas Development

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BMP ID: 8586
Title: Directional drilling should be considered in all oil and gas projects
Text: "[Directional driling has] great potential to reduce damages from exploration wells, infill projects, and new full-field development. As a result, directional drilling technology should be considered in all pending and future oil and gas projects, and if found to be more environmentally beneficial, it should be implemented."
Source Publication Name: Drilling Smarter: Using Directional Drilling to Reduce Oil and Gas Impacts in the Intermountain West
Citation Section: The Potential to Reduce Impacts through Directional Drilling
Citation Page: 16
Supplemental Documents:  
Usage Type: Recommended
Timing: • Drilling
• Production / Operation / Maintenance
Oil / Gas Field:  
Surface Ownership: • Federal
• State
• Private
Mineral Ownership: • Federal
• State
• Private
Primary Contact: Biodiversity Conservation Alliance
P.O. Box 1512
Laramie, Wyoming  82073  United States
Phone:(307) 742-7978     Alt. Phone:
Alternate Contact:  
Categories: Land Surface Disturbance
Location: Western Region
Vegetation Types:
General Comments: While directional drilling is less invasive than vertical driling through less roads, wells, pipelines, and overall surface impacts, it should not be considered an "environmental panacea." Impacts such as noise, air pollution, chemical spills and, in the case of CBM, toxic wastewater. Therefore, additional measures will be necessary outside of the scope of directional drilling to ensure these impacts are controlled and reduced. pg 16
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Date Entered: 2011-04-25 20:14 UTC
Last Updated: 2011-04-28 12:38 UTC