Beach breaks ground

DRILLING UNDER WAY: Beach Energy South East manager Glenn Toogood stands in front of the towering drill rig, which is now fully operational at the Haselgrove-3 well site south of Penola, The rig has the capacity to lift a staggering 350 tonnes, which is the equivalent of a Boeing 747. Picture: SANDRA MORELLO

DRILLING is underway at Beach Energy’s Haselgrove-3 conventional well south of Penola in an attempt to tap into commercial quantities of gas for South Australia.

The exploration company – which will drill down 4km through two aquifer systems – yesterday declared the operation posed no danger to the environment or


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