Crossing the West Kiskatinaw River with air drilling
Representatives from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Oil and Gas Commission, and B.C. Ministry of the Environment were on hand to witness CCD Energy Services’ successful crossing of the West Kiskatinaw River, near Dawson Creek.
The West Kiskatinaw is an important and valuable water resource for both fish habitats and human consumption. CCD Energy Services was using their environmental air drilling technique which is a new form of horizontal directional drilling designed to be friendlier to the environment.
The company successfully crossed the river, despite many challenges. There was limited access to the area which resulted in a shortened bore length. The river is a trout spawning area and water supply for Dawson Creek; therefore, it was an extremely shallow no-drill zone. Due to other complexities, three-quarters of the bore length required precision steering.