Read the article in PDF There are plenty of benefits to living in a big bustling city. For some, it’s more a matter of necessity than it is of choice, but there’s still something special about city life that can make you feel like you are part of something bigger than yourself. Convenience, proximity to […]
So you know all about the importance of mitigating noise pollution and protecting your employees and neighbours from harmful noise emissions. You did your homework. You’ve already read up on noise—you understand the safety aspects, the nature and behaviour of sound, and how noise control applies to your specific industry. Perhaps you’ve already incorporated noise control into your plans for your new or existing facility. Where do you go from here?
The first step in initiating a comprehensive noise control plan is to ask your friendly neighbourhood acoustical technicians to provide you with a quote for their services. In business jargon, this is known as an RFQ, or Request for Quote. Seems simple enough, doesn’t it? You locate a reputable acoustical engineering firm capable of meeting the needs of your project and see what they can offer you.
In 2011, when the Marcellus Shale Gas Play was just three years into production in the Appalachian Basin, Burnett Oil Co., Inc. was ready to begin a new project that, after the completion of three phases, would include a total of six Compressors in Springhill Township, operating 20-30 wells.
The small township of Springhill, located in the southwestern most portion of Fayette County in Pennsylvania, is home to less than 880 families and a little league baseball diamond that sits outside the Appalachian Community Center. This is the central gathering location for many of those families, as it’s one of very few public recreation facilities in the township.
The word ‘turnkey’ has really made its rounds in business jargon. Some purists may even say it has been overused—and they wouldn’t be wrong. Businesses throw the word around like confetti, meant to impress and distract, with the implication that it means something important and desirable. But what does turnkey, as a business concept, actually mean?
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), “Overexposure to noise remains a widespread, serious health hazard in the US mining industries despite 25 years of regulation” (McBride, 2004).
Noise has been considered a problem in the mining industry for many years, and the gradual growth in mechanization over the last century has resulted in increased noise levels in many sectors (Sensogut, 2007). In fact, it is currently estimated that 80% of US miners work in an environment where the time-weighted noise average exceeds 85 dB, and in 25% of these cases the workers are exposed to noise levels of 90dB or higher (McBride, 2004).
Wind energy is widely cited as the fastest-growing source of energy in the world today. For anyone who has witnessed wind turbines sprouting up on the horizon like dandelions over the last ten years or so, this is no surprise. For many others, this development has been less localized to the horizon than to their own backyards, often without community consultation or thoughtful implementation.
The Relationship between Noise and Wellbeing
The cornerstone of the concept of ‘Quality of Life’ is wellbeing. Wellbeing encompasses all aspects of life, from happiness, comfort, and security, to safety and health. For those living or working in close proximity to an industrial facility, noise pollution can pose a unique problem for their wellbeing.
The presence of an industrial facility can certainly have consequences for its host community, but too often the benefits of industry and community partnership are overlooked. Industry can often be thought of in negative terms when it interferes with a community’s property values and environment, or the residents’ quality of life, health, and wellbeing. The addition of an industrial facility can provide a much-needed boost to the local economy and offer a valuable source of jobs. On the other side of the scale, such a facility can also come with the drawbacks of environmental issues.
Download and read the PDF version CALGARY, ALBERTA – July 30, 2014 – Noise Solutions, the leading North American provider of engineered industrial noise suppression equipment for the energy sector announces the appointment of Vince Ginter as Vice President, Engineering and John Yenges as Director of Operations. A respected Professional Engineer, Vince Ginter joined Noise […]
Hindsight is 20-20, even when it comes to noise control. Older facilities may be limited in their ability to accommodate the most efficient noise control solutions, sometimes requiring costly retrofits in order to meet noise regulations. However, if you are still in the planning phase of a new facility, now is the ideal time to take the noise impact into consideration. Doing so as early as possible will allow you to maximize the value of your noise control investment and minimize risk of noise complaints.