Neighbors claim they feel tremors from new oil rig yards away

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Banging pipes, bright lights and late-night tremors are what neighbors in a Northwest Oklahoma City community have been dealing with the past few weeks.

People living near the newly built oil rig are fed up and want answers from the company who didn't give them notice.

"You can be in the house and just have vibrations, it feels like mini tremors that continue through the night," Chris Brewster a concerned neighbor says.

Two months ago, Winchase development, was a quiet place to live.

"And then just overnight bang, there the oil rig stuff was," Jay Brewer, who lives in the neighborhood says.

People living near the rig are worried about what it means for them.

"It's awfully close to me and my kids, I have a five-year-old and a nine-month old," Brewer says.

The drilling operation is being done by Gastar, a company out of Houston.

The operation is currently in a drilling process. After that's done, fracking starts to make the well produce oil properly. It's called well completion.

"I've never been around a fracking rig, so I don't really know what that's like either," Shroeder said.

While many municipalities in Oklahoma have such laws, for  unincorporated areas there is currently no setback requirement under state law as to how close a rig can be to a house.

"We don't know which direction the rig is going, is it coming underneath us, is it going North, South, East, West, we have no idea," Brewer says.

Neighbors are also concerned because they have to conserve water.

"I’m on water rationing, odd even watering, I get a ticket if I water on the wrong days," Brewer said.

We checked to see who was taking water from the city hydrant.

We found a hose delivering water from a hydrant on Macarthur.

The hose is going underneath the road and past the 164th intersection. The hose crosses the intersection, delivering water to the oil rig.

"I'd like to know how they're allowed to do that, a private entity, that's not within city limits that's allowed to siphon water from the city water," Brewer said.

People want to know how their new back-door neighbor will affect them.

"We don't really seem to know all the ramifications of having a rig like that this close to a community full of kids, full of elderly people," Brewer said.

In an email, the Oklahoma City Utilities Director says the company has permission from the city to use the water.

The director says there is a water meter attached to the hydrant that monitors their usage.

Oklahoma requires operators to post the formulas for their hydraulic fracturing fluid to a public web site, once the rig begins that process, that information can be found here.

Russel Porter, President and CEO of Gastar Exploration Inc.  responded late Wednesday night. He told NewsChannel 4 they have  just completed the drilling of the first of three wells they have planned for the location.

He wanted to let neighbors know Gastar has an excellent operating and safety record and says he wants to assure there is no reason for any of the homeowners in the area of this operation to be concerned for their safety.

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