Setback on Tybee as experimental well partially collapses

Setback on Tybee as experimental well partially collapses

By Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - An experimental well being drilled on the island of Tybee to find new drinking water source has suffered a setback.

The Savannah Morning News reported Saturday ( ) that the stainless steel casing partially collapsed at a depth of 3,000 feet earlier this week.

The paper says no one was injured.

Shane Hix, spokesman for the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, which is paying for the work, says they are trying to figure out what happened and how to fix it. He says they were about to finish drilling and start testing.

The well is intended to tap the 4,000-foot deep Cretaceous aquifer.

The state has mandated withdrawal reductions from the Floridan aquifer which is over pumped.

So the island has been looking for alternative water sources.

Information from: Savannah Morning News,

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