We take our responsibility to the local community very seriously and will continue to use our best endeavours to prevent noise disturbance. An important step in the management of noise was to select a drilling rig that is designed for use in urban environments and noise-sensitive areas. The Innova Rig is one of the quietest of its size available in Europe. We are also using ‘Best Practicable Means’ measures on site to further reduce the noise emissions.
During the drilling phase noise from the site was controlled in accordance with two conditions relating to noise emissions set out in our planning permission NR/10/00056/GEO. This meant that night time noise emissions could not exceed 45dB LAeq, 1 hour, as measured 1 metre from the façade of any receptor.
Sound monitoring equipment was installed at the site and at three nearby locations and these were monitored continuously during the drilling phase of the project. Now that the drilling rig is no longer at the United Downs site, the three noise monitors at nearby locations have been removed, but the site noise monitor is still monitoring noise continuously, ready for the evaluation phase of the project. GEL staff are automatically notified if noise levels approach the prescribed limits so that we can take the appropriate action.
The Noise Management Information Sheet below includes further details and explains how to make a complaint if you are disturbed by our activities.