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Published June 06, 2013, 11:00 PM

Loud pump station has landowners irritated

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Even though it's big in the western part of North Dakota, the oil boom is hitting a little too close to home for some people living near Fort Ransom.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Even though it's big in the western part of North Dakota, the oil boom is hitting a little too close to home for some people living near Fort Ransom.

That's where the Keystone pipeline has a pump station causing a lot of racket for area landowners.

It's a big sound that comes with an even bigger headache

Bill Kiebke, Area Landowner: "You've got to hear it to believe it really."

Bruce Pantzke, Area Landowner: "We've gotten plenty irritated."

Coming right from the Keystone pipeline pump station near Fort Ransom, where landowners like Bruce Pantzke and Bill Kiebke have built their homes.

Pantzke: "And we've always been here to listen to the coyotes, listen to the pheasants, listen to the turkeys."

Not to listen to this.

Pantzke: "Fingernails coming down the chalk board."

Kiebke: "A high pitch scream."

Tearing through this rural part of town for about three years and hitting nearly 20 homeowners along the way.

Pantzke: "They can't sleep at night with their windows open."

Laws allow up to 55 decibels of sound in the state and Pantzke says an app on his phone has measured way beyond that, all bellowing through his beautiful backyards.

Pantzke: "How this pump station got located between two parks and in this part of the river valley is beyond me."

Right now only one of four pipes is running, meaning on a bad day, that sound you hear can be four or five times as loud.

Kiebke: "It's just common sense that you can't do this. That noise is pollution and it's hard to live with."

They don't want it gone, just quieted and say they've asked numerous times, without any luck.

Pantzke: "Farmers, landowners, recreationalists, people that love the area. We just ask Keystone to do the right thing."

Kiebke: "Common sense Keystone, help us out."

Calls to keystone were not returned.

The landowners have joined the Dakota Resource Council hoping to for a group that will bring some quieter change.

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