Hancock County Deep Test Site: From Cow Pasture to Research Project
|The Hancock County, Kentucky, well site, graded and graveled, before the drilling started.||Cellar and conductor pipe were installed in mid-April 2009 at the site.||Another view of the cellar and conductor pipe installation.||Another view of the cellar and conductor pipe installation.|
|The drilling rig arrives at the site on April 17, 2009.||Raising the derrick on April 18, 2009.||The site was getting crowded with equipment and vehicles as the drill rig was set up||The assembled drilling rig, April 20, 2009.|
A closer view of the drilling rig, owned by NorAm Drilling of Houston, Texas.
|The well site shortly before drilling started.||The well site is in rural Hancock County, KY.||Another view of the rural well site.|
|The well site is in the middle of a remote private farm in southeastern Hancock County.||An afternoon shower passed over the well site, leaving this view behind on April 20.||A view of the entrance to the well site a couple of days into the drilling.||April 25, 2009, a couple of days into the drilling.|
|Trailers, communications equipment and other facilities on the well site after drilling began.||A closer view of the derrick after drilling had begun.||
The rack of drill pipe, drilling motor (yellow), and automatic pipe handling and other equipment in use at the well site.
The automatic pipe handling equipment lifts a joint of drill pipe into position.
As coring of the New Albany shale begins, workers lay down the core barrel on May 1.
|A core is cut into sections for shipping.||Core sections are capped and sealed before being shipped for analysis.||Sections of core are ready to be put on pallets and shipped.|
|Hancock County Judge Jack McCaslin speaks to the fifty participants before a site tour on May 14.||Dave Williams of the KGS Henderson office leads a group on the tour of the site in May.||Dave Williams points out pieces of equipment from the drill platform.||Donald Strehle of Sandia Technologies leads another group onto the drill platform.|
|Indiana State Geologist John C. Steinmetz looks up at the drill rig during the site tour.||Participants stand on walkways above the mud tanks as Donald Strehle describes the operation.||The automatic pipe-handling arm is demonstrated for participants on the tour.||Donald Strehle leads a tour group off the walkways over the mud tanks.|
|State Rep. Rocky Adkins talk to Paul Heard of ConocoPhillips at the end of the tour.||
A view of the Hancock County site on August 19, when carbon dioxide was injected into the deep test well.
|Truckloads of carbon dioxide are brought to the injection test site by the supplier, Praxair.||Another view of the Nabors workover rig at the site during injection operations.|
|Inside a trailer at the site, a computer monitors and records information about the injection of CO2.||