Heidi Zimmerman: Rise Gold’s 24-hour drilling out of compliance during evening hours | TheUnion.com

Heidi Zimmerman: Rise Gold’s 24-hour drilling out of compliance during evening hours

The Union printed an article on April 5, on the exploratory drilling that is occurring on East Bennett Road by Rise Gold from Canada, which is surrounded on three sides by residential homes.

The editor left out critical information supporting facts showing a code violation (submitted to county code compliance) for exceeding allowable sound decibels from 10 p.m.-7 a.m. This demonstrates the second sound study completed was not done in the correct location, within proximity to surrounding residential homes to give a true read on just how much sound being emitted from this drilling operation is heavily impacting local residents.

There are at least four to five residents with whom I have personally spoken to about this issue and how this noise and din is impacting them.

Acceptable allowed decibels from 10 p.m.-7 a.m. in zoning R-A is 45 decibels. When two zonings exist beside each other, the rules default to the stricter sound criteria, plus 5 decibels. This puts us at 50 allowable decibels for nighttime sound emissions from 10 p.m.-7 a.m.

All of my recordings, using a professional sound-measuring device outside my house always exceed 52 decibels and go up to 62 decibels occurring at all times of day, 24 hours a day, thus exceeding allowable sound decibels at night from 10 p.m.-7 a.m.

This operation needs to be shut down at night or operating below 50 decibels from 10 p.m.-7 a.m.

Heidi Zimmerman

Grass Valley

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