As oil and natural gas facilities spring up throughout Lincoln Parish, KNOE reports that residents have voiced their frustration over increased disturbances from traffic and construction. As indicated by “pipeline crossing ahead” signs along Lincoln roads, companies continue to build wells and use horizontal drilling to upheave minerals from the ground.
“I’m disappointed because we weren’t really aware of this really happening, it was a surprise to me when we found out it was a natural gas plant,” said resident Renee Scribner.
A 10 year-resident of the area, Scribner said the previously quiet neighborhood has since become familiar to the commotion of noisy trucks.
“[The area] changed in the last two or three years, the traffic is a lot heavier on this road, they go pretty fast, you’ll notice the road being torn up,” she said. “It’s really dangerous up there at the intersection where they are going in and out, where the plant’s being built.”
Despite the economic stimulation from the drilling, Lincoln Police Jury Administrator Courtney Hall said they’ve received numerous complaints about the noise and road conditions.
“When they are putting in a rig, they have 18-wheelers going in there, filling up with salt water and hauling out 24 hours a day,” Hall said. “People that live near these are concerned about the amount of traffic.”
While Scribner said she plans to move as a result of the drilling, Hall said most nearby residents support the revenue the drilling brings in.