Live on tape: the dangerous noise emitted by natural gas compressor stations in neighborhoods
As I mentioned in a previous post, it's the season for film awards, so I am posting my nominees for some of the most compelling oil and gas pollution videos. Words cannot do justice to the environmental harm that is evident in these images.
Today’s category: noise from natural gas compressor stations. According to the World Health Organization, noise can cause permanent medical conditions, such as hypertension and heart disease, hearing impairment, communication problems, sleep disturbance, cognitive effects such as memory problems, reduced performance, behavioral symptoms, and more. Low-frequency noise (LFN), also created by compressor stations, can also cause Vibroacoustic disease, leading to cardiovascular symptoms and decreased cognitive skills.
In other words, it is not just a nuisance. It is serious.
These issues are so important that there is actually a scientific Journal of Low Frequency Noise, Vibration and Active Control, and a Journal of Sound and Vibration.
These are not groundless worries. Individuals report health symptoms they have linked to natural gas compressor station noise, including ruptured ear drums.
Natural gas compressor stations are located all over the country, even where there are no wells, because they help move natural gas along the pipeline. They often run 24/7. Each state or locality has its own regulations. Some are not strong enough to protect their citizens.
With that, roll tape. You'll see how horrible this would be if it were in your own backyard. This video is thanks to Erin in Port Washington, Ohio, whose home is bordered by two compressor stations. As you can see, children live here.