Residents upset over well drilling

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - "We're hearing machinery seven days a week. And we don't know when it's supposed to stop. How long this is going on. We have not been informed," said Evangeline Ford .

She is talking about the rig set up across the street from her home on the corner of North St. and 32nd in Baton Rouge. A scavenger well is being drilled to separate fresh water from the brackish or slightly salty water.

While good for the water system, Ford says the noise is becoming an issue.

"This community is a very old community. My neighbors are elderly. When I say elderly, they are retired or dealing with health issues. When this type of distraction comes it really infuriates everybody. I have neighbors that complain because they are drilling at 6:30 in the morning," said Ford

Baton Rouge Water Company Chairman Eugene Owen told 9News the rig belongs to Layne, the company contracted to do the drilling.  

"I received call in my office that it's disturbing. They're coming out early in the morning to late at night and they are drilling on Sundays as well," said C. Denise Marcelle.

Marcelle is the councilwoman for Ford's district. She says she was surprised to hear about Ford's noisy neighbor. And she was disappointed to learn the residents weren't notified.

"I want to know what they're doing. The residents want to know what they're doing. I want to know why they didn't notify the residents and I think that is a situation we really need to look into," she said.

Ford says she did complain to workers, and a few hours later, she says she was paid a visit by a supervisor.
  She says he answered her questions, but gave no indication of when the noise would stop.

"We are fighting against being ignored. Not having the consideration to come to us and speak with us prior to this. Or letting us know how long this project is going to continue," said Ford.

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