dril·​ling | \ ˈdri-liŋ How to pronounce drilling (audio) \

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These accidental emissions occur during drilling, in the pipelines or during delivery. Matt Egan, CNN, "America's liquefied natural gas boom may be on a collision course with climate change," 1 July 2019 On the verge of emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Dallas oil company EXCO Resources is preparing for a new round of drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Drilling Down: EXCO Resources drills out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy," 24 June 2019 The government has banned drilling and fracking in French territories by 2040, for instance. Catherine Rampell, The Denver Post, "Rampell: France’s carbon tax was a disaster, but there might be a less politically fraught way," 23 June 2019 In the first attack, three employees of an Iraqi drilling company were injured when a Katyusha rocket hit their sleeping quarters, said Khalid Hamza, the deputy director of the Basra Oil Company, an Iraqi firm. Alissa J. Rubin, BostonGlobe.com, "Two rockets strike oil fields in southern Iraq," 19 June 2019 Both drilling projects target the Sarita Shallow field at a depth of 9,000 feet. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Drilling Down: ConocoPhillips gears up for heavy round of Eagle Ford projects," 17 June 2019 Barite is an important industrial mineral in drilling mud for oil and gas wells and has other applications in the medical field. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Southeast Alaska metals prospect has major potential, developers say," 14 June 2019 Interview researchers and community members about efforts to conserve the Ecuadorian Amazon in the face of oil drilling threats. National Geographic, "Ecuadorian Amazon and the Galápagos High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 Water Wise refers customers in need of drilling services and water quality services to other businesses. Karly Ewing, Ramona Sentinel, "Business Spotlight: Water Wise Well Service pumped about growth," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of drilling

1640, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for drilling

modification of German Drillich, from Middle High German drilich fabric woven with a threefold thread, from Old High German drilīh made up of three threads, from Latin trilic-, trilix, from tri- + licium thread

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