The Coal Authority Joins the British Drilling Association

January 22, 2024

The British Drilling Association (BDA) is proud to announce the addition of the Coal Authority to its membership portfolio. Joining as a ‘client’ member of the Association, the Coal Authority, known for its work to manage the legacy of Great Britain’s coal mining past, signifies a significant expansion of the BDA’s outreach and influence.

Paul McMann, Chair of the BDA, expressed enthusiasm about this new partnership commenting: “We are thrilled to welcome the Coal Authority to the BDA. Their expertise in managing coal mining legacies and commitment to environmental and public safety aligns perfectly with our objectives. Their involvement will provide a valuable real-world client perspective, enhancing our ability to represent and elevate the drilling sector effectively.”

Gareth Thomas, Head of Development from the Coal Authority, commented: “The Coal Authority is a forward thinking and practical organisation. We work with a range of partners to deliver for the communities we serve in Great Britain’s former mining areas. Being a client member will enable us to collaborate with the BDA and its members. This partnership will improve standards and ensuring the development projects  we facilitate in former coal mining areas are not only sustainable but  create a better future for people and the environment in mining areas.”

Paul McMann added, “With the BDA’s recently revamped Audit, which is a hallmark of our members, the partnership with the Coal Authority underscores the importance of safety, quality, and professionalism in the drilling industry. This collaboration is a testament to our commitment to these values.”

The ‘client’ membership category of the BDA is designed for organisations that procure or specify ground drilling services, offering them a platform to engage with and contribute to the drilling sector’s continuous improvement.

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