Battlement Mesa, CO

“Sometime last year they were fracking, and we just kept waking up for nine nights straight saying what the heck is that noise. Finally I came out on our deck and said, ‘The noise is coming from way over there, and of course they had the lights on and everything.  So I called the PR representative from WPX and Williams. And she said, ‘that’s our rig — why didn’t you call me sooner?  We would’ve put some hay bales around there, you know, to cut down on the noise.’ And I said, ‘I can’t believe that we can hear it from that far away.’ So she called Don Simpson or Ursa, who then called me.. I told him ‘If I can hear that noise this far away and the proposed Ursa B Pad is going to be right below us, how are you going to mitigate the noise location because we’ll be looking down onto it?’.  He said, ‘We have engineers studying right now to see how we’re going to mitigate it.’ Some of their proposed mitigation is to put sound walls behind all of the homes on this curve or put a cantilever on top of the sound wall on the side of the pad exposed to the homes.  There are eight homes that all look down toward the pad. In fact, in response to one of the questions posed by our neighbor regarding noise mitigation during the County Commissioners’ hearing was ‘Which would you prefer? Look at the pad or look at a wall?’   And our neighbor responded that he would rather look at a wall. So now there is a wall proposed as a sound mitigation solution.”

-Bill Nelson
Battlement Mesa, CO

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