Deep Underground

A long time ago, the summer of 1991 I think, I worked at the NIREX deep borehole just a few miles away from Sellafield. They were drilling down and drawing up cores from far beneath Cumbria and then logging the state of the rocks down there. It’s where I got the name Discontinuous Infill, which has been applied to cartoons and other projects since then.

The aim of the borehole was to check the stability of the bedrock in the area to ascertain whether it would be a suitable site for the deep disposal of vitrified nuclear waste. My cynical take on it was that the government had already decided to bury stuff there and they thought the people around Sellafield were gullible enough to take on another nuclear dump and, anyway, it wasn’t a Conservative seat so they weren’t going to lose much.

It’s possible all that data I typed in may yet be reassessed as there are calls to hurry up on properly disposing of the country’s existing nuclear waste.

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