Depending on how close your home is to a drilling or fracing site, you may experience a good deal of noise.  This is especially true for those closer than 1000 ft. from the site.  One way to deal effectively with the noise is to have your ear tuned to something else.  During the day, have your TV or radio on, and your ear will tune in to the more pleasant sounds. During the night, for some, sleeping may be difficult.  Air conditioners, air purifiers, and even a radio can distract one from the industrial noises enough to get a night’s rest.   There are those that are in situations where these simple suggestions do not work. The noise is simply at levels too intolerable.  In such cases, don’t feel you are alone.  There are others dealing with such situations for weeks or months for each drilling or fracing event.

Responsible operations would give consideration to pad placement too close to adjacent homes. These sites are working 24/7 for weeks or months at a time with considerable noise. Nearby residents, have an unnecessary impact of noise that is unreasonable. There are many well pads with wide open space available such as this one where the well pad could have easily been moved a few hundred feet providing a greater distance from these nearby homes. There needs to be community consideration. When sites are this close, the industry needs to utilize sound barriers or other onsite measures to ensure that nearby residents are not unreasonably affected by loud noises 24/7. Once sites go into production, in some cases noise continues to be an issue.

While the drilling and fracing noise levels may only last a few weeks during the year, those who live near compressor stations may experience a permanent change in the ambient noise levels in the community, especially if it is an unzoned community.  Those with zoning and effective ordinances have the benefit of restricted decibel levels.  Those lacking zoning and effective ordinances, must hope that the operator considers themselves community friendly enough that they will be conscious of the ambient noise levels and make every effort for minimal sound at their property border or fence line.  Sometimes compressor stations, metering stations, dehydration and other facilities startle folks with unexpected noises.  While some of these are benign, others may be of significance.  If you experience noises and are concerned, your best bet is to contact the operator and ask to speak with a knowledgeable person.  Generally, they want to be a good and helpful neighbor, and some will even take the extra-measure to provide their neighbors with reliable information.

C.O.G.E.N.T. continues to advocate that facility operators define whom their neighbors are [in distance] and provide them with information concerning noise, contact information and emergency response information.  Operators need to be considerate of local ambient noise levels and the manner in which their operations affect nearby residents, especially those living within 1,000 ft. of well pads and compressor stations.  The installation of sound barriers on well pads during drilling and fracing operations is indicative of good neighbor efforts. Operators who consciously and consistently aim to have compressor station noise levels at measurable decibels respective of local ambient noise levels at the fence/property line are also indicative of good neighbor efforts. Community respect along with good, reliable information to those living within a mile of a facility does much to educate the public towards understanding the significance of their concerns.