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BMP ID: 4055
Title: CBM operators should use local terrain, noise reduction technology and camouflage to minimize impacts.
Text: Facilities: Aesthetics: "CBM operators can use the local terrain, noise reduction technology, and camouflage to minimize impacts for both noise and visual impairments.... Low lying areas and hills can be used to camouflage roadways, CBM facilities, and wells minimizing viewshed disturbances and creating natural sound barriers.... Using low profile equipment and building structures can also minimize viewshed impacts.... In areas where natural barriers do not exist, noise from pumps and compressor stations can be reduced through the use of sound barrier technology. There are several sound reduction technologies, which can be applied to reduce noise impacts to local communities including, mufflers, barrier walls, and insulation.... Mufflers can also be utilized to reduce the noise from compressor engines and pump motors.... Operators in other producing areas have identified alternatives to diesel and gasoline powered engines including using electric and hydraulic pumps to extract groundwater in CBM wells."
Source Publication Name: Handbook on Best Management Practices and Mitigation Strategies for Coal Bed Methane in the Montana Portion of the Powder River Basin
Citation Page: 37-39
Supplemental Documents:  
Usage Type: Recommended
Timing: • Production / Operation / Maintenance
Oil / Gas Field:  
Surface Ownership: • Federal
• State
• Private
Mineral Ownership: • Federal
• State
• Private
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Categories: Visual Aesthetics
Location: Montana
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Date Entered: 2009-03-10 10:45 UTC
Last Updated: 2011-02-01 14:45 UTC