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

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.

Support Local Journalism


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


Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 

Connect with needs and opportunities from

Get immediate access to organizations and people in our area that need your help or can provide help during the Coronavirus crisis.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User