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Cheat Lake -

Noise from the Mon Fayette Industrial Park in Monongalia County has some residents ready to move.

Located less than 100 yards from Clark Road in Cheat Lake, the industrial park poses a problem for area residents, who say the noises made by some of the businesses in the park are too much to take.

"I moved out because we couldn't bare it any longer," said former resident Cassandra Harvey. "The noise was too much. I couldn't work from home, my husband couldn't operate as a physician, and I couldn't bear to see my children go without sleep any longer."

The view from Harvey's former back porch is undesirable, but it hasn't always been that way. Where the park sits once was a wooded area, according to her old neighbor. Sounds of nature have been replaced by sounds that Harvey said she can't even describe.

"It's an excruciating sound, it's indescribable," said Harvey. "It's a loud air rushing, screaming sound all at once."

The problem has no time schedule. Residents are complaining that the noise is during the day and throughout the night.

"It's continuous," said Bill Myers who has lived in the area for more than 40 years. "Through the summer months it was 24/7. It never stopped. It actually got unbearable."

Harvey has recorded more than 12 hours of home video, depicting what she calls a nuisance. She said some nights the noise is so bad her two sons, ages six and eight, couldn't sleep.

"There would be nights, as I said, when they would come in and wake us up crying because they couldn't sleep. We tried any number of ways to block out the noise and nothing helped. We could not drown it out," said Harvey.

Many of the businesses in the park are industries related to Marcellus Shale activities, but most of them aren't the problem.

Residents said their issue is with primarily one company that works with piping used in shale drilling. They have contacted the company, industrial park owners, and various organizations, such as the DEP and county commission, but without zoning in the area and no noise ordinance in the county, they have had little success.

Harvey said the neighborhood isn't after the company but wants to coexist and keep the noise to a reasonable hour. Myers said shutting them down isn't even a consideration.

"What I would like to see is some sort of measure to kill the sound," said Myers. "I don't particularly want to put them out of business; I don't even want to think about it. That's not our intent."