What You Need to Know About Directional Drilling and Property Lines

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What You Need to Know About Directional Drilling and Property Lines

10 April 2023
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Directional drilling is a complex process that has been used for decades to help create access to oil, gas and other resources found beneath the earth's surface. While directional drilling can be used in a variety of ways, it can also be used to bypass somebody else's property if you have the legal rights to do so. But how exactly does one go about this, and what do you need to know about directional drilling and property lines?

What Is Directional Drilling?   

Directional drilling installs underground piping or cabling without disturbing the existing surface features above ground. It is typically done using specialised machinery that drills into the ground in a serpentine pattern to reach its destination without crossing any existing property lines. The process can be quite complex and requires extensive planning, as well as knowledge of local laws and regulations regarding property rights and boundary lines.

Can You Use Directional Drilling To Bypass Somebody Else's Property?

The short answer is yes — but you will likely need permission from the landowner whose property line you wish to cross. For example, if you are looking to install an underground pipe on your own property but need to cross over somebody else's land to do so, you will need their permission before any work can begin. This could mean obtaining an easement from them or negotiating with them for access rights. If they refuse, then you cannot legally use directional drilling on their land without risking legal repercussions.

The Benefits of Directional Drilling

There are many advantages of using directional drilling over traditional methods of excavation when it comes to bypassing somebody else's property line. For one thing, it eliminates the risk of damaging another person's land while still allowing access beneath it without breaking any laws or regulations. It also allows for precision drilling that results in much less disruption than conventional digging methods would cause.

This makes it ideal for installations near sensitive environments such as parks or historic sites where traditional excavation could cause serious damage or permanent alterations to the landscape. Lastly, it is much more cost effective than traditional digging methods due to its minimal disruption and relative ease of use compared with other options available on the market today.

What to Do Next

So, directional drilling could be for you if you feel that it would be easier and less disruptive to go underneath an adjoining plot of land than over it. However, you will still need to seek permission from that landowner, even if the pipe is underneath their land rather than on it. If you have any further questions, get in touch with a directional drilling contractor for their advice.