Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Grey Sludge Invades Home; Underground Drilling Operation Forces Mud and Water to the Surface

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Grey Sludge Invades Home; Underground Drilling Operation Forces Mud and Water to the Surface

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Byline: DOMINIC FEAIN dominic.feain@northernstar.com.au

SOUTH Lismore resident Bert Gibbs got the shock of his life when a grey sludge began pouring up through the cracks in the slab under his Elliott Road house about 5pm last Friday afternoon.

"It was messy stuff," he said.

"At first my wife thought something was leaking from the car, but by the time the workers came over to have a look it had spread right through to the other side."

However, it turned out to be a mix of clay and water from underground drilling operations for new sewerage lines being carried out by contractors, CD Operations, for the Lismore City Council 10 metres under Elliott Road.

Drilling supervisor Jason Coe said such incidents occasionally occurred when drilling through such subsoil.

"Water will always follow the path of least resistance, as happened in this case," Mr Coe said.

"It was unfortunate, but this is a more environmentally friendly way of doing these jobs and far more convenient for residents."

Mr Gibbs said workers from the drilling company spent about two hours cleaning up the slurry under his house.

Workers sandbagged var-ious deposits of slurry before pumping them out and rem-oving the material in their own tanker, with the assistance of another tanker from Summerland Waste. …

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