Subject: Noise levels under pipeline in Seaton
The Tesco pipeline we thought might be unstable went live last night, and did not fall over or show any signs of structural failure that we could see. This is good news for everyone, although we remain a little concerned about future operation in high wind conditions.
Not good news was the level of noise emitted. Janet Wallace the EDDC EHO on site measured it at 90 dB at the maximum, which I understand is above the level at which ear protectors must be worn to avoid hearing loss.
This is a serious public hazard on which I trust you will be taking action.
I attach a letter from Tesco on the matter which came this morning. We have been warning all concerned since July last year about this problem, but have been ignored as usual. It is no consolation to have been proved right at last at such a cost to public health and amenity.