After the main preparations, i.e. preparing the pad [more about that in another posting], had been finished before Christmas, they really got things going on Tuesday [more about that in again another posting], and as of yesterday the drilling rig is there. And that is what it looks like, just across the highway from our property – unfortunately:
Let’s have a closer look:
And they also built half a town – well, that’s slightly exaggerated, but they did put up about 10 monile homes – with it., as you can see in the foreground.
And closer up still:
In spite of it’s dimensions and all the machinery to go with it it’s surprisingly quiet. Much quieter than I had been afraid it would be. What you can hear is a constant low humming sound – not too bad really. But I’m wondering what it’ll be when they’ll do the actual fracking. Everybody says that’s much noisier. Just now the traffic on the highway drowns out the noise of the drilling nearly all the time. And I consider the highway noise worse as it’s not only louder on average, but also intermittend. But we’ll have to put up with it as we can’t move the house: it’s not a mobile home after all.
In the mellow light of the early evening …
… and at night …
… it looks quite full of atmosphere – almost. Technology can be beautiful, can’t it?
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