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WEATHERSFIELD, Ohio - Tempers are flaring after a noisy fracking site disturbs the peace and quiet of a Weathersfield mobile home park.

21 News Reporter Lindsay McCoy, talked with some of the people living in that community that are upset with their new neighbor.

Some living in Westwood Lake Park say they first thought the loud noise that rang out on Sunday morning was a siren, then discovered it was this recently fracked well.

Neighbors say some are wearing headphones and are forced to find ways to muffle the noise; sounds they say they were never notified would take place.

"I went and bought an air conditioner for my room to run along with my central air and my other fans. I've kept cool, but I'm very, very upset about the whole thing," says Weathersfield resident Sheldon Funk.

It's a Halcon Resources drilling site and a company representative was expected to be available at the meeting today. However, that company official did not show.

"When I talked to Halcon on Monday, the representatives, they were concerned about the complaints of the people. They said they would sit down with us and work it out the best they could, especially informing the people ahead of time that there's going to be noise at 3:45 in the morning," says Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda.

At the packed meeting, residents still questioned whether a noise ordinance could be put in place, and why they were never notified the noise would take place.

Commissioners are now suggesting they file a nuisance complaint if what they hear is bothersome.

Fuda says he plans to meet with Halcon company officials tomorrow to discuss how the company can improve its communication efforts.

Weathersfield Township Trustee Marvin McBride says resident should have to be informed by the company, and residents like Funk agree.

Halcon says it plans to drill another well at the very same site, it's not known yet if the noise can be reduced or when that well will be drilled.

 

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