… is not quite as loud as we had originally been afraid of, but, when the wind is from the southwest, we sometimes get quite a whiff of the exhaust fumes of the diesel engines there – mostly in light winds and high humidity. These engines, I believe, produce the electricity which, in turn, is used to power the machinery. They are running right 24/7, but, as I’ve said in a previous post, their noise isn’t that bad as it’s a constant humming background noise. What is more disturbing are those “beep – beep- beep” sounds the trucks and other moving machinery such as cranes make, when they’re reversing, or the bangs when pipes are being (un)loaded.
What we’ll have to see, though, is what the smell will be when, after fracking, the well will be producing. We maybe lucky, though, as both oil and gas will be transported by pipeline and not, as with other wells, the oil only by tanker trucks while the gas is simply flared off. That would certainly give off more fumes and smells. And we hope that, all the pipes being new, there will not be any leaks so that we won’t have the typical sulfur smell of crude as, e.g., in Luling, qwhere the whole town smells of oil.
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