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Proposed Rules On Well Drilling To Focus On Noise

March 12, 2011

Township officials of North Huntingdon, twenty miles outside of Pittsburgh, are creatively looking to amend ordinances that would zone noise restrictions in the hopes of reigning in unconventional natural gas drillers in the area.

“Officials acknowledge that state courts have held that they cannot prohibit gas-well drilling in the municipality, but they’re seeking to establish guidelines to protect the interests of neighboring property owners.”

“The draft assumes normal noise levels in a neighborhood at 55 decibels, unless well operators provide documentation of a higher level. Township officials would require a noise mitigation plan if well operators exceed it by 7 decibels during daytime hours, 5 decibels during nighttime hours or 10 decibels during the process known as “fracking” to extract natural gas.” 

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