Bureau of Mines Research in Injection Well Construction and Environmental Aspects of in Situ Uranium Leaching.
Tweeton-DR; Anderson-GR II
Bureau of Mines research in in situ uranium leaching includes injection well construction and environmental aspects. Clogging of injection wells is a common problem and is affected by construction techniques. Part of the clogging can be caused by a low- permeability skin left on the borehole wall if the drilling fluids are not thoroughly flushed out. Certain polymer drilling fluids are less prone to cause clogging than bentonite muds, since a lower solids content can be used. The environmental research primarily involves two contracts. The first describes the environmental impact of in situ leaching and the effect of environmental legislation on leaching; the second describes the cost effectiveness of various methods of restoring ground water quality.
1978 Ann. Mtg., SME, AIME, Denver, Colorado, Feb. 28-Mar. 2, 1978, SME Preprint 78-As-111