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People upset about noisy pump station in Sheyenne Valley

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The sounds of mother nature have been interrupted by that of machines.
Fort Ransom state park say ever since a pump station was built in the middle of the Sheyenne Valley, the once peaceful backdrop has been anything but.

It's easy to see why Bill Kiebke and Bruce Pantzke call the Sheyenne Valley home.

"We like it down here. It's quiet there," says Kiebke.

But recently they say they have been dealing with a loud situation.
A keystone pump station built three years ago is leaving those who live here listening to an unwanted noise.

"It's comparable to pulling fingers down on a chalk board," says Pantzke.

Kiebke says before this was built, those in the area were told that the pump station would turn into a silent neighbor.

"With keystone coming, we didn't mind em, but they lied to us. They said there would be no environmental impact. They forgot one," says Kiebke.

Pantzke says it's just not fair

"We're not environmentalists. We're landowners. We are wondering how this happened," says Pantzke.

Now according to the Public Service Commission as long as it doesn't reach 55 decibels on your property, it's okay. But we're standing outside of the station now with just one pump running and it's almost exceeded that level.

"In 55 decibels, you don't know what your going to get. Some may get a soft easy noise but ours is comparable to fingers on a chalkboard," says Pantzke.

They both say when all four pumps are running,

"You can't listen to it. It's irritable."

And it's time Keystone fixes the promise they broke.

"Just do the right thing," says Pantzke.

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