Hawaii geothermal drilling guide : Circular C-126

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1994-01
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State of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Water and Land Development
Abstract
The drilling and completion of safe and effective geothermal wells in Hawaii is of vital importance for geothermal operators, drilling contractors, state and county regulators, and the general public. Improper drilling procedures can be costly and dangerous, may have a negative impact on surface and subsurface environments, cause resource waste, and develop unfavorable public perceptions of geothermal activity. These concerns are powerful incentives to operators and regulators to utilize all possible sources of information on the unique aspects of Hawaiian geothermal drilling. This Hawaii Geothermal Drilling Guide has been prepared as a summary and ready reference for the key concerns and requirements that must be addressed for every geothermal well proposed. This Guide should also encourage an infonned flexibility in geothermal drilling practices, and to supplement State and County regulations, especially those pertaining directly to drilling pennits and operations. This first Guide will be a likely candidate for revision as more drilling experience and information is gathered in the exploration and development of Hawaii's geothermal resources. The proven higher costs and uncertainties in Hawaiian geothennal drilling operations are sound reasons to make an extraordinary investment in well planning. Detailed planning is a must for each and every type of well because of the paucity of subsurface infonnation and the small base of drilling experience to date.
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DLNR circulars, drilling, Hawaii
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State of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Water and Land Development. January 1994. Hawaii Geothermal Drilling Guide Circular C-126. Honolulu, Hawaii: State of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Water and Land Development.
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