This week, host Brock Yordy starts out with Rachel Bourne, a driller from Hamilton, Ontario, who goes by BourneToDrill on Instagram. In school, she thought she might go into fashion. Tune in to find out how she got into geotechnical and environmental drilling instead.

“To be honest, sometimes I feel like I’m crazy for choosing drilling, but it’s been very rewarding over the years,” Bourne says. “I feel like I’ve learned a lot about myself and a lot about other people that I would have never engaged with before.”

Later, we talk to Christine Hoffer, executive director of NY-GEO, about the group’s April 26-27, 2023, conference in Albany, N.Y., and near-term plans to recruit more drillers into geothermal.

This episode covers:

  • Tesla’s water deal with Mexico
  • Challenges to recent changes to the definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS)
  • The roles for women in drilling and construction
  • Working as a Millennial in drilling and construction
  • Growth prospects for geothermal and ground-source heat pumps
  • The need for more drillers in geothermal in New York and elsewhere
  • Geothermal’s role in decarbonizing U.S. energy sources

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