Following numerous complaints from homeowners, Encana Oil & Gas announced new sound mitigation efforts at its active well sites in Erie.
In a notice sent to residents of the Vista Ridge neighborhood Tuesday night, Encana outlined steps it has taken at nearby wells it hopes will result in a marked improvement in the amount of noise its equipment is generating while drilling is taking place.
Steps Encana has taken, according to the notice, are adding more sound abatement blankets, closing gaps in sound walls, putting temporary sound walls around generators and installing new sound walls on the southern side of the site — the side closest to homes — with walls using a different material.
The company says that stopping operations until noise pollution issues can be resolved, as some residents have suggested, would create “operational challenges as well as safety concerns.”
For more information on Encana’s operations in Erie, visit www.erieco.gov/1207/Encana.