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July 07, 2014
Boosting Your Well Pressure
An acceptable well flow rate is determined by a number of factors. An average family will find that a rate of 5 gallons per minute, or gpm, is sufficient for all their needs. If they practice water conservation then a rate of 3 gpm would suffice.
June 04, 2014
What Is A Bentonite Plug Used For?
Bentonite plug is a type of material that occurs naturally, namely sodium bentonite. It’s essentially a type of absorbent clay. It can absorb up to 10 times its own weight in water. And when it’s done so, it becomes a highly effective plug for a variety of different uses.
May 14, 2014
Interesting Facts About Fracking
Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing is a process whereby natural gas is obtained from rock formations that are very difficult to gain access to such as coal bed methane, shale gas, and tight gas. The process of fracking involves millions of liters of water and thousands of liters of chemicals, which are injected beneath the earth surface at a very high pressure, with a view to create fractures and weak spots in the underlying rocks formations. As a result, natural gas is forced to flow up the well under such high pressure.
April 14, 2014
Learning All You Can About Water Well Development
A water well, by definition, is a deep shaft or hole set deep in the earth which serves the purpose of gaining water.
March 20, 2014
Horizontal Directional Drilling: Techniques, Benefits and Challenges
Drilling techniques have advanced with time, the availability of new technologies and drilling supplies, consequently leading to better drilling results.
February 19, 2014
Geothermal Energy and Shale Gas: The Differences
Aside from the popularly renowned geothermal power production, shale gas exploration is an energy avenue that is quickly gaining attention among experts.
January 15, 2014
Artesian Aquifers: Better Water Quality?
Understanding the prime characteristics of artesian aquifers is important in the effort of conserving the water quality and ensuring reasonable sustainability.
December 17, 2013
The Solution for Failing Infrastructure—HDPE Pipes
Aging pipe systems are one of, if not the most, alarming concerns for municipalities and citizens alike.
November 13, 2013
Energy Efficient Geothermal Systems & Renoclimat
Geothermal energy has many benefits to offer. Not only is it a green energy, it is sustainable and has been gaining increased popularity and use. Installing a geothermal system requires some planning and pre-assessment of the home and its location.
October 30, 2013
Raise Your Water Levels Revitalize your Water Well
Aging infrastructure and technology can become mineralized and clogged up over time. Water levels dropping or inconsistent?
October 15, 2013
Oil and Gas Well Drilling Supplies—Waterless Frack
Fracking— the oil and gas industry’s mainstay for North American gas exploration projects— relies largely on using huge quantities of water to develop new wells and extract the resources deep below the earth’s surface.
September 27, 2013
Study Suggests Chemicals did not Contaminate Water
In Pittsburgh, a federal hydraulic fracturing (fracking) study that was recently completed suggests that there is no viable evidence to support the claim that fracking contaminated the drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site.
September 11, 2013
Ensuring Groundwater Safety—Aquifers and Drilling
Ensuring that our water supply remains untainted and at appropriate levels is essential to our generation and those to come.
August 23, 2013
Transition to Renewable Energies—the Debate Heats
Either way, with the incredible need to phase ourselves off of carbon-heavy energies and start switching to renewable energies, is not an instant solution.
August 09, 2013
Reaching the Unreachable—Well Drilling with Buoys
Oil and gas exploration initiatives have uncovered a wealth of untapped resources, both on-land and offshore.
July 19, 2013
Renewable Global Energy Production
Renewable energy is predicted to exceed gas and nuclear energy sources by 2016. - Geothermal, Solar and Wind Energy
June 27, 2013
Safe Handling and Disposal of Well-Wastewaters
What exactly can be done to preserve our water tables from the risks associated with fracking?
June 13, 2013
The Challenges of Mineral Exploration in NA
There is no doubt that mineral exploration in North America is at an all time high.
May 30, 2013
Installing a Geothermal Loop System
For householders looking to make a long term investment in harnessing geothermal power for their domestic use.
May 15, 2013
A Closer Look at Geothermal Energy
Recent and steady hikes in oil prices have driven many companies to give renewable energy sources a serious thought!
April 30, 2013
Steel Well Screens and Risers—Geothermal Projects
Instead of burning fossil fuels, geothermal installations use heat from below the earth's crust.
April 18, 2013
Why Use Slotted Collection Systems
Advances in technology have made geothermal energy an increasingly credible alternative to power derived from conventional fuels.
March 29, 2013
Will California lead the next Oil Boom
Like most states in the United States, California is experiencing financial troubles and the state’s consumers are struggling
March 13, 2013
Mineral Exploration is on the Rise in Nth America
Global interest in Canadian metals and minerals hit a record high in 2011, with investment in exploration reaching a staggering figure of US $3.9 billion.
February 25, 2013
Ins and Outs - Residential Geothermal Installation
A geothermal system is one which uses the constant temperatures below the surface of the earth to cool and heat homes over the long term very economically.
January 22, 2013
Geothermal Power is it endless
The number of people looking for geothermal accessories has increased rapidly over the recent past.
December 20, 2012
Has Geothermal Industry grown in 2012
Geothermal industry has experienced a slow development over the years. However, this industry has been experiencing advanced growth and development over the recent past.
November 26, 2012
The answer lies beneath our feet
We might like to feel the sun and wind on our faces, but as far as using these forms of renewable energy to power our World, all is not so rosy—ask China.
November 09, 2012
Residential septic systems get an unfair rap
This is probably because everyone has heard a nightmare septic-system story—and there’s a definite ick factor...
October 26, 2012
EGS—the future of geothermal energy
With the Worlds ever growing thirst for energy amid the knowledge that our fossil fuels are a dwindling supply...
October 15, 2012
PVC is going to be around for the longterm
Sometimes the rate that technology changes can be simply astonishing, no?
September 28, 2012
The Things We Carry Part 3
This article is the third in a series that focuses on a particular product...
September 20, 2012
The Things We Carry Part 2
PVC Plus Drilling is proud to carry some of the best brands available...
August 30, 2012
The Things We Carry Part 1
At PVC Plus Drilling, we’re proud to carry some of the best brands available...
August 22, 2012
No Longer a Pipe Dream
According to a report published by the Geological Survey of Canada in June 2011, "geothermal energy, as a renewable energy source...
July 27, 2012
The Lowdown on the Enbridge Pipeline
News outlets in British Columbia and beyond have been pumping out story after story...
July 11, 2012
Pump it up!
Whether you are a professional mining engineer or a homeowner...
June 26, 2012
All’s well that ends well
Did you know that the average Quebec citizen uses 350 to 425 litres of water per day on average?
June 15, 2012
Newsflash! New rules for geothermal drilling
When purchasing new geothermal supplies, such as drilling fluids...
May 29, 2012
Going Geothermal why the costs are worth it
Geothermal energy might sound like just another “green” fad, born in the wake of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.
May 02, 2012
It’s as simple as HDPE
With North America’s drinking water and sewage infrastructure falling apart...
April 04, 2012
Manage inventory to keep the wheels turning
Whether you are the inventory manager of a large mining operation in the Middle East...
March 26, 2012
PVC pipe and water preservation
In the future, it's likely that wars will be fought over another precious yet dwindling resource...water.
February 27, 2012
PVC can fix the country's crumbling infrastructure
At the time of writing this article, it was estimated that there had been 516 water-main breaks in North America during the preceding 15 or so hours.
February 08, 2012
Does your supplier have the best practices
Manufacturing is built around productivity, and the beginning of a new year is an ideal time to examine your suppliers to see how they measure up.
January 03, 2012
Finding a custom pipe manufacturer you can trust
There’s one child’s toy that’s always a pleasure to watch young children play with.
December 20, 2011
Landfills Not for Trash Talking
In the developed World, there are many things that we are good at, and somewhere close to the top of the pile must be our ability to make garbage.
November 22, 2011
The rise of geothermal energy
Of the big three renewable energy sources (geothermal, wind and solar), geothermal is currently the weakest link.
November 08, 2011
Using desalination to solve our water woes
A recent public hearing in Santa Cruz, California’s largest city, about desalination brought a controversial topic to the fore once more.
September 27, 2011
Tips for good well servicing and maintenance
With around 25% of Canadians and close to 50% of Americans relying on groundwater for drinking, there’s a lot of municipal and private wells that need to be maintained to ensure safe supplies. While most municipalities that have wells will use a regular contractor for well inspection and maintenance, contracts will come up for tender from time to time.
September 13, 2011
Fresh water Earth’s most precious commodity
While the many conflicts over oil have been a staple diet for our media outlets since black gold was first discovered, conflict over water is less widely reported—but it happens, too.
August 30, 2011
Geothermal energy on the rise in Canada
Some of the latest news from the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association:
On September 14 and 15 this year, the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association will be holding their fourth annual conference.
August 16, 2011
Celebrating the advent of PVC pipe
Remember how lead piping was supposed to have contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire? Turns out that actually this might not have been the case.
July 29, 2011
The problem with our landfills and pollution
Landfills were supposed to be the answer to our garbage-disposal issues. Over time, however, they have caused as many problems as they appear to have solved. It is estimated that there are over 8,000 fires at landfills across the United States each year? How are these fires started? Heat from decaying garbage can become hot enough to ignite gas below the surface and cause fires that burn under or above ground for miles.
July 15, 2011
Warming up to geothermal energy
Using the relatively constant temperature that exists just below the Earth’s surface is a renewable and environmentally friendly resource for heating and cooling that’s gaining popularity around the World. And as the cost of installing geothermal heating and cooling systems continues to fall, this trend is set to continue and become even cheaper and more efficient.
June 27, 2011
Groundwater—protecting our most valuable resource
With only 3% of water on earth being freshwater, life on earth depends upon the security and maintenance of this most valuable resource. Here in North America, we typically think of lakes and flowing rivers as our sources of freshwater
May 20, 2011
Geothermal energy, horizontal directional drilling
Geothermal heating uses the natural and constant warmth that is stored in the earth’s core. Geothermal energy has been used for thousands of years. Both the Romans and the Native Americans used the natural heat supplied by hot springs. In the present time, incessant trepidation regarding energy concerns and costs have improved interest in geothermal power.
April 25, 2011
PVC Pipes the answer to rampant water main breaks
Thanks to its resistance to corrosion and its overall durability, PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipe is a very popular choice for use in clean water distribution systems and the sanitary collection of waste water. At present more than 70% of the new underground water distribution pipes in the United States and Canada are PVC; 75% of the newly installed sanitary sewage systems use PVC piping.
March 31, 2011
Campus going green thanks to geothermal energy
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Botanical Garden, a leader in native plant conservation and education in the southeastern United States for more than 30 years, is a "conservation garden."
March 14, 2011
Horizontal drilling to uncover unexploited oil
A hundred and fifty years since its unearthing, oil maintains its critical role in the world’s economy. It seems that ever since the world has become dependent on oil, it has worried that its reserves will run out.
January 21, 2011
Mineral exploration and high-tech goods
Lanthanum, europium and neodymium: these rare earth minerals play an important role in clean power generation. Rare earth minerals are naturally occurring metallic elements that are used worldwide in tiny amounts to manufacture many of the high tech goods that we are so dependent on today.
January 05, 2011
PVC pipe critical for use in aquariums
PVC piping has long been used in aquariums to make certain the water circulating through the tanks is clean and filtered. PVC pipes are extremely resistant to the accumulation of clogging and corroding bio film, a slimy layer of bacteria which tends to develop in the tanks.
December 12, 2010
Aloha to Geothermal Energy
On GoHawaii’s website1, Hawaii’s Big Island is described as allowing adventurers or romantics to discover an assortment of unparalleled natural wonders. The Big Island, the biggest and youngest of the five Hawaiian islands
December 01, 2010
Directional drilling, not just for well drilling
Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) has rapidly become the most valuable technology in the oil drilling business. Not only does directional drilling allow accessing areas that are otherwise out of reach economically, horizontal wells are now a favoured method to extract oil and gas. Directional drilling enables a larger contact with the productive area than vertical wells. Even though the HDD process may cost as much as two or three times the cost of a vertical well, the end result (e.g. the production factor) pays for itself as it can be as much as 15 to 20 times more advantageous.
November 08, 2010
Horizontal drilling to reach a potential gold mine
Shale gas is very much in the news these days and it appears that this natural energy source could become the energy resource of the future in North America. Centered in Pennsylvania, the Marcellus shale formation, the largest shale deposit in the United States could possibility create thousands of jobs and supply the United States with its own fuel resources. This reservoir of natural gas could have major economic implications, not only for the U.S., but for the world.
August 23, 2010
Caribbean Island could benefit from its geothermal
Extract Geothermal Power
Although the details have not been fully released, the Associated Press reports that a US company plans to extract geothermal power from a location on the island where fumaroles are flooded with water warmed by hot rocks.
April 03, 2009
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April 02, 2009
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