Drilling, while necessary for modern civilization, doesn’t exactly have a modest environmental footprint. However, the industry can make changes around the edges toward sustainability, and every bit makes a difference. This week, host Brock Yordy talks to Dean Kangleas, vice president of product services, Sandvik Rock Tools Division, about one such effort for mining customers.

“Without mining, we’re going to struggle in the future, specifically when you’re looking at electrification and a growing population,” Kangleas says. “So, yeah, we need to mine, but I think we can do it differently and be more sustainable and circular in how we actually do it.”

The company recently launched an “opt-out” carbide drill bit recycling program and Kangleas discusses it and, more broadly, sustainability in mining.

This episode covers:

  • Revisiting your safety program
  • Controversy over water management in France
  • What it means to “drill responsibly”
  • Sustainability in mining and other drilling sectors
  • Mining & mineral exploration
  • Rock drilling
  • Tungsten recycling vs. manufacturing from new

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