Much has been written about horizontal directional drilling (HDD), including a piece this week in Philly.com. However, frequently missing from the conversation is the fact that HDD is widely acknowledged as an industry best practice and the safest means of construction.
HDD is environmentally sensitive and causes minimal impact on the surrounding area. The three step process—consisting of drilling a small hole, widening the hole slightly, and pulling the pipe through the hole—helps to mitigate potential environmental impacts and to protect environmentally delicate areas, counter to what many opponents suggest.
Also of note, HDD is used across a range of industries for infrastructure installation, including everything from telecommunications cables to water pipes.
In any debate, it’s important to have the right information and in this case, the facts are clear: HDD is the safest and least disruptive means of construction.