Dallas-based ENRG has launched the oil and gas industry's first real-time, Web-based noise monitoring service that enables operators to be proactive to potential sound issues created by drilling or completing gas or oil wells. The new service, which is patent-pending, provides drillers and operators with 24-hour access to real-time well noise data via their personal computers or cell-phone devices. ENRG has been providing noise monitoring consulting services to oil and gas companies in the Barnett Shale since early 2006.
ENRG developed the new real-time noise monitoring service in response to the recent increase in urban and high-impact drilling and production in the Barnett Shale and Haynesville Shale areas. As drilling for natural gas has increased in these areas, city governments have responded with tightened city ordinances to address the impact of drilling noise in their communities. ENRG's new technology is the only Web-based service on the market that enables operators to track their noise activities in real-time, and alert them via cell-phone text message or email if their operation’s noise levels exceed city ordinance compliance levels. As a result, the operator can make proactive changes to their drilling operation if need be, and/or be prepared to respond to noise complaints from city regulators or community officials.
The new ENRG technology is also unique in that it tracks noise levels against city ordinance allowable intermittent decibel increase thresholds, in which sound levels are permitted to increase intermittently for a restricted amount of time.
"Typically, if a drill site receives a noise complaint, the Operator will then conduct a sound test that traditionally measures only the hourly average decibel levels, not taking into consideration the city ordinance's allowable intermittent noise increase thresholds. Without tracking and evaluating the city's allowable intermittent increase in decibel levels, the hourly average noise levels at the well site may appear to be out of compliance," said ENRG President and Founder Todd Boring. "As a result, the Operator may be compelled to install sound walls or blankets as an expensive reactive measure, which might be unnecessary, had the allowable threshold limits been evaluated on a minute-by-minute basis.
"If the Operator had used ENRG's real-time minute-by-minute noise tracking, they might have found that the drilling operational noise was actually within compliance when the allowable intermittent decibel increases were evaluated," Boring continued. "Our system tracks those allowable increases on a cumulative basis in real time, enabling the Operator to know precisely whether or not their sound levels are actually out of compliance. This can result in huge dollar savings for oil and gas companies if they can avoid constructing sound abatement installations."
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