Friday, 23 August 2013

Another round of drilling at Straitgate over

There were interesting scenes on the B3174 out of Ottery St Mary this morning, when the rig contracted to Aggregate Industries headed back to Straitgate to await removal after two weeks of drilling in and around the farm. Locals, tourists, farmers and borehole-drillers all vied to use the road at the same time; no prizes for guessing which one doesn't belong here.

The groundwater levels in the five new boreholes, in addition to the earlier ones, will be monitored over at least 12 months to determine seasonal variations and the impact of rainfall. Such data will either support or undermine AI's mitigation plans. The picture below shows one of the holes being drilled. There was no shortage of water, as the drillers will attest.