Phase 1 Desk Study Blyth

Let Geoinvestigate quote for your next coal mining risk assessment (CMRA), coal mining investigation, mining report, mineshaft investigation, desk study, ground investigation, borehole investigation, site investigation, geotechnical, geo-environmental or contaminated land investigation in County Durham and Northumberland including the towns and cities of Blyth, Cramlington, Newcastle, Durham, Chester-le-Street and Bishop Auckland on the Durham and Northumberland Coalfield.

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Geoinvestigate’s  desk top CMRA studies unravel Durham and Northumberland’s Coal Mining Legacy

With over 18 years in the business, several regional offices offering a nationwide service, highly qualified and experienced technical professional staff, and its own drilling equipment, Geoinvestigate is best placed to give the most competitive and professional coal mining investigation service in County Durham and Northumberland.New cmra pics

f you need assistance with a planning application or a coal mining risk assessment (CMRA), a general site investigation or any of our other services please contact us at one of our Regional Offices.

Call our North East Office on  01642 713779 or email enquiries @geoinvesigate.co.uk

Or if your enquiry is just about Coal Mining CALL FREE on 0800 1712011

 

Borehole Investigation of Shallow Coal Mining

Over the past 6 months Geoinvestigate’s new compact microdrill system has proven its worth and that it’s just the answer for investigating Durham and Northumberlands coal mining legacy. Microdrill offers restricted access, small diameter rotary open-hole drilling which is first and foremost SAFE, fast, clean, quiet, cost effective and environmentally friendly. New Microdrill has been designed for probing for shallow workings in limestone, sandstone and coal as well as locating mine shafts and sinkholes.Micro-drilling rig for shallow mine workings

New Microdrill reaches the places the other rigs cannot get to

Recently Microdrill was in action in Newcastle on the Northumberland Coalfield. Having previously obtained a coal drilling permit from the Coal Authority to drill with small volume water injection flush Microdrill was delivered to site on the back of a standard flatbed trailer.

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Shallow mine working investigation of a housing estate in Newcastle

Access to the drilling positions in several gardens was tricky but achievable with Microdrill.

In accordance with Coal Authority Guidance on Managing the Risk of Hazardous Gases when Drilling or Piling Near Coal (essentially a Code of practice for safe drilling and piling through coal) Microdrill new small volume water injection system was in this instance considered to be the safest flushing medium.

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Gas emission hazards arising for drilling into abandoned coal mine workings

This is because there was assessed to be an unknown or undetermined gas risk as is so often the case in exploratory drilling works on the UK coalfields.

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New Microdrills small volume water flush injection system is by far the safest way of drilling mine workings

The Coal Authority normally stipulates small volume water injection flush for their internally managed exploratory drilling works because it ensures minimal risk to the public from hazardous gases including carbon dioxide, methane and carbon monoxide. In fact it is rare under the Coal Authorities strict safety policy for drilling through coal for them to permit anything else but water.

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Probing for shallow mine workings and coal in Newcastle Microdrill on it’s 50th job in Newcastle

The Coal Authorities strict policy with regard to water flush is something to be considered by site investigation companies when compiling a Coal Mining Risk Assessment (CMRA) or drawing-up a source-pathway-receptor based risk assessment for drilling permit application.

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High pressure small volume water injection makes Geoinvestigates New Microdrill system safest

It should also be borne in mind by drilling contractors and consultants that the CA polices drill sites checking some 10% of drill sites per year to ensure compliance with the permit. A change in drill flush from that originally agreed with the CA would be a breach of terms and conditions and could result in prosecution.

 

New Microdrill has been demoed to the CA who gave it their nod of approval suggesting that in their opinion it was easily capable of reaching 50m and much deeper though up till now it has only been tested to 30m which is typically the limit for shallow mining investigation.md8

Coal at 11m depth turns drill water black indicating seam is intact and the ground is stable  

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Geoinvestigate carrying out a contaminated land site investigation and gas survey in Hartlepool

If you require a coal mining investigation, Phase 1 desk study, coal mining risk assessment (CMRA), Phase 2 intrusive site investigation, geotechnical investigation, ground investigation or you need a contaminated land survey or landfill gas survey, trial pitting or borehole drilling please do not hesitate to contact one of our regional offices. Our team are only too happy to assist with your enquiry and will ensure that you get our most competitive quote.