We know that the earth is rich with water, rocks, minerals, gases and oil among other things. And throughout much of the 19th and 20th centuries the United States was the world’s leading producer of crude oil. And so we built our communities around using this natural resource of crude oil in a refined state as gasoline, kerosene, heating oil, and other products that make our lives more convenient. While our modern day society is trying to cut back on the use of refined oil, we can’t deny how it has made us a more mobile society. At will, we are able to get into a motor vehicle and ride to another designated location within minutes or hours. Prior to the automobile, that same trip would have taken hours or even days of travel time by foot or horseback.
Oil drilling has become a specialized field because of the complexities involved with searching for potential oil wells and the process of extracting it. Companies like Cunningham Energy that produce gas and oil in the Appalachian, Illinois, and Williston Basins and are staffed with a team of environmental professionals, are constantly looking for ways to lessen the impact of oil drilling on our modern day society. Their company is located in Charleston, West Virginia and use techniques like horizontal drilling so that there is less impact to the land’s surface topography during the process of extracting the oil or gas. This process also allows more access to the natural product in sensitive areas like busy commercial busy commercial venues.
Other companies like Mason Directional Drilling in Illinois and Horizontal Well Drillers of Oklahoma are also taking an active role in trying to preserve the landscape around drilling sites and capitalize on more efficient ways of extracting natural resources from the earth. Although horizontal drilling is a more costly technique for companies to use than the traditional vertical drilling, it is the most efficient way of being versatile during the oil extracting process. As more extension pieces are used in the process of drilling the more flexible the drill becomes. It is able to bend at a 90 degree angle and drill straight across, thus exposing pockets of natural product without having to dig another vertical hole at a different location. As professionals in the natural resource industries improve their techniques and technology, the oil extraction and production industry has become increasingly efficient.