As Oil Wells Enter Neighborhoods, Townships Push Back

Jamie Calaguas mostly remembers the noise.

The grinding, whining, constant hum of industrial activity — but not from a factory. The clamor was coming from the 109-foot oil well West Bay Exploration was drilling outside her back door.

In a residential neighborhood.

Without any notification being given to the residents.

“I could hear it at night from my home with all the windows closed,” said Calaguas, whose home is about 900 feet from the well. “It ran 24-7, and the lights were very bright — it was lit up like a football field. It lasted for about 21 days.”

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