At Preston New Road, planners’ only objection appeared to be that a handful of nearby properties would experience night-time noise levels from drilling of 12.5 decibels (dB) above normal background levels – despite being within the limit set by Government of 42dB, similar to the hum produced by a typical fridge.
The closest that a wind turbine is typically placed to a home is 300 meters or more. At that distance, a turbine will have a sound pressure level of 43 decibels. To put that in context, the average air conditioner can reach 50 decibels of noise, and most refrigerators run at around 40 decibels.
Seriously, they’ve rejected fracking because it is quieter than a wind turbine?