22 April 2017 Finally getting information on what may be the source of the constant low level rumbling in my house (The “Hum” and natural gas drilling in North Texas)

I may have at last got some lead on what is going on at my house right now.  It happened back in February 2013 when they fracked a natural gas well about 1700 ft from our house and it’s happening again for the past week or so.  It feels like the entire house is vibrating and there is a constant low level rumbling noise.  It feels like my entire house is being shaken apart.  It’s like living on a cruise ship with a really loud engine and feels like the earth is shifting constantly.  It makes my head ache and I get very anxious.  I have been having trouble especially at night trying to sleep because when I’m laying in bed it is vibrating like a low level earthquake is happening or something.  When it happened back in 2013, I thought I was going to lose it and have to move it got so bad.  Now it’s back again.  Well apparently there has been some study and research done on this phenomenon and it’s referred to as “The Hum.”  With the “game on” atmosphere here in Texas (the US) for digging more holes for gas and oil, it would not surprise me if this increased activity is the source of what is happening at our house.  There isn’t much I can do about it besides move somewhere that doesn’t frack for natural gas I guess.  Just passing this info along – hopefully it will help anyone else experiencing what I am.

20 Aug 2012 Jackie Drawing – what was happening to us when they started fracking well in other neighborhood

https://mic.com/articles/91091/a-mysterious-sound-is-driving-people-insane-and-nobody-knows-what-s-causing-it#.JDY7L5bap

A Mysterious Sound Is Driving People Insane — And Nobody Knows What’s Causing It

A Mysterious Sound Is Driving People Insane — And Nobody Knows What's Causing It
Source: Tri Vo for Mic

Dr. Glen MacPherson doesn’t remember the first time he heard the sound. It may have started at the beginning of 2012, a dull, steady droning like that of a diesel engine idling down the street from his house in the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. A lecturer at the University of British Columbia and high school teacher of physics, mathematics and biology, months passed before MacPherson realized that the noise, which he’d previously dismissed as some background nuisance like car traffic or an airplane passing overhead, was something abnormal.

“Once I realized that this wasn’t simply the ambient noise of living in my little corner of the world, I went through the typical stages and steps to try to isolate the sources,” MacPherson told Mic. “I assumed it may be an electrical problem, so I shut off the mains to the entire house. It got louder. I went driving around my neighborhood looking for the source, and I noticed it was louder at night.”

Exasperated, MacPherson turned his focus to scientific literature and pored over reports of the mysterious noise before coming across an article by University of Oklahoma geophysicist David Deming in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, a peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to exploring topics outside of mainstream science. “I almost dropped my laptop,” says MacPherson. “I was sure that I was hearing the Hum.”

“The Hum” refers to a mysterious sound heard in places around the world by a small fraction of a local population. It’s characterized by a persistent and invasive low-frequency rumbling or droning noise often accompanied by vibrations. While reports of “unidentified humming sounds” pop up in scientific literature dating back to the 1830s, modern manifestations of the contemporary hum have been widely reported by national media in the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia since the early 1970s.

Regional experiences of the phenomenon vary, and the Hum is often prefixed with the region where the problem centers, like the “Windsor Hum” in Ontario, Canada, the “Taos Hum” in New Mexico, or the “Auckland Hum” for Auckland, New Zealand. Somewhere between 2 and 10% of people can hear the Hum, and inside isolation is no escape. Most sufferers find the noise to be more disturbing indoors and at night. Much to their dismay, the source of the mysterious humming is virtually untraceable.

 While the uneven experience of the Hum in local populations has led some researchers to dismiss it as a “mass delusion,” the nuisance and pain associated with the phenomenon make delusion a dissatisfying hypothesis. Intrigued by the mysterious noise, MacPherson launched The World Hum Map and Database in December 2012 to collect testimonies of other Hum sufferers and track its global impact (he now also moderates a decade-old Yahoo forum along with Deming).

MacPherson quickly discovered that what to him was a strange rumbling was actually having pernicious effects on hundreds of people, from headaches to irritability to sleep deprivation. There are reports that weeks of insomnia caused by the Bristol Hum drove at least three U.K. residents to suicide. “It completely drains energy, causing stress and loss of sleep,” a sufferer told a British newspaper in 1992. “I have been on tranquilizers and have lost count of the number of nights I have spent holding my head in my hands, crying and crying.” Thousands of people around the world have shared similar experiences of the Hum; some, like MacPherson, are devoting their time to finally uncovering its source.

Above: Self-reported experiences of the Hum, recorded as part of The World Hum Map and Database by Glen MacPhearson, British Columbia.

Tom Moir, a professor at the Auckland University of Technology and Hum investigator, first started looking into the Hum after an Auckland resident called Moir’s office at Massey University in 2002. Moir, a professor of control engineering, placed an ad in the local paper after receiving a visit from a Hum sufferer who desperately wanted to find the source of the racket. He received dozens of responses within days, all describing a mysterious droning noise matching the one described in Deming’s landmark paper. Residents of Auckland’s northern shore claimed that the Hum was so intense that it was preventing them from sleeping or concentrating. “When it’s loud, it’s like there’s vibrations between your ears, that your brain is vibrating,” one resident told local TV in 2011. Another Auckland resident said that the noise had been so disruptive to his life that he’d deafened himself in one ear with a chainsaw so he could sleep through the night. Many had lived a life of vibroacoustic agony, unsure if what they were hearing was real or not.

“For my entire life, I was a perfect sleeper,” says Steve Kohlhase, 60, who first started to experience the Hum at night in his Brookfield, Connecticut home in September 2009. A mechanical engineer in the chemical industry, Kohlhase, like so many other Hum sufferers, has devoted his free time to searching for the source of the noise. “I immediately felt the effects in my head: It feels like your fingers are in your ears. Other people have different experiences: Sometimes the floorboards in the house have a distinct vibration to them, or they they feel it in their feet in their bedsprings. Many people find their ears ringing.”

Above: “The Torment of the Hum” by Rosemarie Mann (2004).

So what’s behind the Hum? After nearly four decades, Hum investigators may finally have some idea. The general consensus among sufferers is that the Hum is comprised of very low frequency (or ‘VLF’, in the range of 3 kHz to 30 kHz and wavelengths from 10 to 100 kilometers) or extremely low frequency (or ‘ELF’, in the range of 3 to 30 Hz, and corresponding wavelengths from 100,000 to 10,000 kilometers) radio waves, which can penetrate buildings and travel over tremendous distances.

 Both ELF and VLF waves have been shown to have potentially adverse affects on the human body. While the common refrain about ELF radiation in popular culture normally involves your cell phone giving you cancer, research by the World Health Organization and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers has shown that external ELF magnetic fields can induce currents in the body which, at very high field strengths, cause nerve and muscle stimulation and changes in nerve cell excitability in the central nervous system. And VLF waves, like other low-frequency electromagnetic radiation, have also been shown to have a direct impact on biological functions

Finally, there’s a body of empirical evidence that makes this theory more appealing. A study funded by the Canadian government and led by University of Windsor mechanical engineering professor Dr. Colin Novak spent the last year listening to the “Windsor Hum” that’s been torturing residents in the Windsor area of Ontario since 2011. A previous study had confirmed the existence of the low frequency noise in the vicinity of Zug Island, a highly industrialized island located on Michigan side of the Detroit River. The researchers used specialized equipment to capture and develop a sonic “fingerprint” of the mysterious sound. The study concluded that not only does the Windsor Hum actually exist, but its likely source was a blast furnace at the U.S. Steel plant on Zug Island, which reportedly generates a high volume of VLF waves during its hours of operation. “It sounds like a large truck or a train locomotive is parked outside your house, buzzing away, causing the windows to shake,” Novak, himself a Hum sufferer, told Canada’s CTV News. “It can be quite uncomfortable at times.”

“I have been on tranquilizers and have lost count of the number of nights I have spent holding my head in my hands, crying and crying.”

Dr. Novak’s study caps off decades of Hum theories, but given the inconsistent experience of the phenomenon around the world, cataloguers of the Hum still aren’t quite sure if it has a single, definitive source. While ELF and VLF waves may cause people to experience the incessant droning, not every local Hum appears to have an easily traceable source. What about the Aukland and Taos Hums? And why does the Hum seem to appear and disappear for months at a time?

Some Hum investigators suspect that there’s a global source responsible for the Hum worldwide. Deming’s research, considered close to authoritative in the Hum community, suggests that evidence of the Hum corresponds with an accidental, biological consequence of the “Take Charge and Move Out” (TACAMO) system adopted by the US Navy in the 1960s as a way for military leaders to maintain communications with the nation’s ballistic missile submarines, land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, and long-range bombers during a nuclear war. As part of TACAMO, military aircraft use VLF radio waves to send instructions to submarines: Because of their large wavelengths, VLF can diffract around large obstacles like mountains and buildings, propagate around the globe using the Earth’s ionosphere and penetrate seawater to a depth of almost 40 meters, making them ideal for one-way communication with subs. And VLF, like other low-frequency electromagnetic waves, have been shown to have a direct impact on biological functions. (Strategic Communications Wing One at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, which is responsible for the manning, training and equipping of aircraft utilized as part of the TACAMO system, did not respond to requests for comment.)

And there are other theories. While Moir agrees with MacPherson that the disturbance is occurring at a very low frequency, he’s convinced that the source of the Auckland Hum is primarily acoustic rather than electromagnetic, partially because he claims his research team has managed to capture a recording of the Hum.

Listen: An alleged recording of the Auckland Hum by Prof. Tom Moir. Plug in your headphones or increase the volume of your speaker system to maximum to hear.

Listen: A simulation of the Auckland Hum created by a research team lead by Prof. Tom Moir.

“It’s a very, very low wavelength noise, perhaps between 50 or 56 Hz,” Moir told Mic. “And it’s extremely difficult to stop infrasound because it can have a wavelength of up to 10 meters, and you’d need around 2.5 meter thick walls, built with normal materials, to keep it out. It gets into our wooden houses very easily. And part of the reason people have so much trouble identifying the source of it is because of how low frequency the Hum is: It literally moves right through your head before you can figure out which ear picked it up first.”

This isn’t to say that an electromagnetic explanation is impossible: There could be both electromagnetic or acoustic sources that complement each other. The real difficulty is separating the two hypotheses through testing. “There haven’t been tests done were you subject people to these frequencies and put them in an anechoic chamber,” says Moir, referring to rooms designed to completely absorb reflections of either sound or electromagnetic waves. “But until you can actually prove that by doing tests, there’s no way to firmly come to that conclusion.”

These tests can’t come soon enough for Steve Kohlhase, the mechanical engineer hunting for the Hum in Connecticut. Kohlhase, like Dr. Novak and the researchers who traced the Windsor Hum to Zug Island, hypothesizes that the source of the Connecticut Hum is industrial rather than military, generated by a network of nearby high volume gas pipelines. The arrival of the Hum, Kohlhase argues, coincided with increased development of natural gas pipelines in northern Fairfield County, and the increased hydraulic pressure used by the Iroquois and Algonquin interstate pipelines that run through his corner of Connecticut could result in the non-directional, extremely low frequency (ELF) humming noise previously unheard in the region.

 This a pressing public health issue. It is not just some casual annoyance, claims Kohlhase. The resulting infrasonic sounds blanketing the region could result in widespread vibroacoustic disease — an occupational disease occurring from long-term exposure to large pressure amplitude and low frequency noise — the symptoms of which include those often described by Hum suffers: depression, mood swings, insomnia and other stress-induced pathologies.

The Hum may transition from unexplained mystery to unfortunate byproduct of modernity, a fixture of human geography like light pollution.

State and local governments may finally be paying attention. Worried about the potential behavioral effects of the Connecticut Hum, Kohlhase dispatched concerned emails to state and local health officials laying out his research. Kohlhase was so persistent that he contacted Connecticut State Police investigators almost six weeks after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, insisting that the Hum allegedly produced by nearby gas pipelines could have had something to do with Adam Lanza’s behavior leading up to the shooting. While law enforcement officials field a flood of calls from conspiracy theorists and pranksters following any major incident, investigators deemed the information Kohlhase provided “appropriate” for inclusion in the 7,000 images, audio files, videos and documents released to the public.

“The reason that it could’ve affected Lanza is that sound and vibrations can have extremely subtle, detrimental affects on someone who’s fragile minded,” explains Kohlhase. “Imagine if you’re mentally ill or have a brain tumor or are just, well, fragile of mind. I am absolutely not an expert, but if sound sensitivity is such a serious issue to those on the autism spectrum, perhaps extremely low frequency sounds can result in a pernicious effect.” Kohlhase points to Aaron Alexis, the defense subcontractor who battled mental health issues and scrawled “My ELF Weapon” into the stock of his shotgun before killing 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard in 2013. “He told his psychiatrist he’d been chased by vibrations. Look at a map of instances like this, in Washington, or the Gabby Giffords shooting in Arizona, and I bet you’ll see that each place coincides with a Hum cluster.”

Here is the fundamental problem facing Hum sufferers around the world: believability. Scientific data and anecdotal experiences of the Hum vary so much from region the world that it’s still unclear whether VLF and ELF waves are the source of it, let alone a catalyst for mass murder. The idea of a mysterious noise driving people to suicide has given birth to all kinds of pseudoscientific conjecture, making the phenomenon a favorite for conspiracy junkies who suspect foul play by some malicious government scheme (or UFOs, obviously). The World Hum, a site devoted to exploring the “mysterious phenomenon being heard by thousands around the world,” is riddled with byzantine entries about UFOs crashing in Siberia.

MacPherson knows how insane it sounds. “There’s a terrible irony to the vision of a conspiracy nut in a tinfoil hat, trying to keep the government from beaming thoughts into their heads,” laughs MacPhearson, “since aluminum does protect against some electromagnetic radiation. This is why you don’t put that stuff in the microwave.”

The federally funded investigation into the Windsor Hum and the serious examination of Kohlhase’s research by Connecticut authorities may serve as a beacon of hope for Hum investigators like MacPherson, Moir, Novak and Kohlhase. State-funded tests on Hum-affected regions may yield data that could lead to a real-world solution, rather than conspiracy theories. Until then, developing a unified picture of the Hum is exactly what MacPherson wants to accomplish in British Columbia. By providing one destination for Hum data and testimony, he’s hoping that professional and independent researchers will use the collected data to help develop and execute experiments that could help identify the source of their local Hum.

But until someone funds and conducts rigorous tests in an affected region, says Moir, people will continue to use the Hum as an excuse to blame modern technology, from mobile phones to telecom towers to the digital radio bands used by law enforcement. And that aura of pseudoscientific insanity surrounding the Hum has made the job of independent researchers more challenging. “In the past, I’ve contacted my representatives, I’ve contacted my governor,” says Kohlhase. “There’s willful ignorance going on about this problem and the real consequences it has.”

But should researchers like MacPherson and Moir finally pinpoint the local sources of the pain-inducing phenomenon, the Hum may transition from unexplained mystery to unfortunate byproduct of modernity, a fixture of human geography like light pollution. In the meantime, many just want to identify some relief.

“A lot of serious researchers don’t want to have their name attached to that, but I’m not a formal academic researcher, and I’m quite willing to lend some credibility to this idea if I can,” says MacPherson. “This phenomenon is real and many people are suffering: I’m just trying to do the best I can to help.”

Jared Keller

Jared Keller is the former director of news at Mic.

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17 comments on “22 April 2017 Finally getting information on what may be the source of the constant low level rumbling in my house (The “Hum” and natural gas drilling in North Texas)

    • It’s quiet this morning M but wow has it been rough for me the past couple of days. Before one of my last stays at the hospital, the vibration and sound had me convinced I was living on a ship it was so bad lol. It was just everywhere. A visitor on the Hum map page, Lisa, and I are going to pray for discovery of the origin of this. I will cherish this mornings peace and stillness. Much love to you!

  1. Dear Saymber:

    –I saw your comment at Glen’s Hum WP blog. Same thing (vibration & noise) occurring here (N.FLA) since Spring 2014, 3-years of torture, now entering into 4th year.

    –There’s a lady in AZ with same house+body vibration problem. Her name is Carrie or Karrie Butler. Her testimony & her web link is in the testimonies here:
    http://SmartMeterNewsUpdates.wordpress.com/about/

    –Most testimonies at above link mention Noise-only. Not everyone also has Vibration. I’m strictly interested in those that have Vibration, not just noise.

    –Other Vibration testimonies are at the Mast-Victims.org forum (re cell towers & their antennas aka Masts).

    –Still other testimonies are at this Noise-Help page:
    http://www.noisehelp.com/humming-sound.html . Again most people there mention Noise but only a FEW also have Vibration.
    –Also, that webpage has all kinds of crazy mixed up ideas > refrigerators (NOT!), neighbors growing marijuana/”GrowHouses” (NOT!), air-conditioners (NOT!), etc. So that page is not much help.

    –In an effort to “compare VIBRATION notes,” may I ask you to Yes or No the following “suspicions/possibilities of origins” of the horrid health-destroying vibrations (with its associated ELF-noise):

    1_Do you have a “Smart” (radiating) Electric Meter?
    –If yes, what brand/make/model?
    –Ours is “Smart,” brand > Elster Alpha-Plus.

    2_If Yes you do have a Smart Electric Meter, is your utility using LANDIS+GYR’s (brand name/company name) Smart Grid wide area Infrastructure?
    –Our utility is using Landis+Gyr Smart Grid Infrastructure.

    3_If you are living inside of a wide-area Smart Grid Network, is your utility using “RF-MESH” or “PLC” technology/infrastructure?
    –Ours uses RF-MESH.

    4__Does your Electric Meter pipe run underground from meter to your circuit breaker panel?
    –Ours does.
    –Or does it run overhead in your ceiling?

    5_Are the powerlines in your area underground?
    –Ours are.

    6_Do you have a concrete floor with possible rebar (metal) in/under the concrete?
    –We do.

    –FYI: ElectroMagnetic Radiation (EMR) Frequencies (which includes ELF & EMF/MWR) “interact with & reflect off of metal” causing Vibration “at atomic & molecular levels” (of buildings & people, pets!)

    7_Does your building’s infrastructure have any other metal, such as metal beams in roof/ceiling, or a metal roof, etc.?
    –Ours does.

    8_Do you have a “Smart” (radiating) Water Meter?
    –We do.

    9_Do you have a “Smart” (radiating) Gas Meter?
    –We don’t; no gas used here.

    10_Do you have “Smart (radiating) Phone” cell service with T-Mobile, by any chance?
    –We do.

    RE: GAS PIPELINES:

    –We do not have a Gas Meter here; nor use gas for anything.
    –I’ve looked at maps of the LOCAL utility’s gas pipeline system & it is nowhere near this newer east side of town (it runs along the old part of town much further west).
    –I also looked at maps of the larger STATEWIDE gas company’s pipelines at their company site, & they run along the west coast of FLA, not the N.E. coast.
    –I also looked at the US Govt. gas pipeline map for the Southeast, ditto > not connected to this area:
    https://www.eia.gov/pub/oil_gas/natural_gas/analysis_publications/ngpipeline/southeast.html
    –You can also access the Texas map via above link.

    –For those reasons I have, so far, NOT thought that gas pipes to be the problem causing vibration + noise here. (Of course, they could have changed things at any time & I’m not aware of it yet.)

    –A guy in CT who is also a victim of Vibrations+Hum, & is a self-taught expert on what he calls “Gas Pipeline Syndrome,” has invested 5-years & tons of his own $$ investigating it. His name is STEVE K. aka COPS_NE (Citizens Oversight of Pipeline Systems, NorthEast-USA Branch). He posts at the “Hum YahooGroup”:
    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/humforum/conversations/messages
    –You can join that group & post a message to Steve there, or you can email him directly at his public email addy: Copsne: c_o_p_s_ne [at] yahoo [dot] com.

    WATER TREATMENT PLANTS (??)

    –As at other sites, the above Hum YahooGroup has many testimonies of a hum/noise but VERY FEW who also have the VIBRATION problem.
    –One lady who used to post there, whose husband was tortured by the ELF Vibes + Hum, said they traced it to a Water Treatment Plant. They spent their life savings renting a vibration-testing-machine to prove their house was being vibrated but the city did not care. (The machine cost $600/week to rent, she said, from a Chicago company called Larson-Davis. Over my budget!)
    –That’s why I asked if you have a Smart (radiating) Water Meter, as we do. Since all water/plumbing/sewer pipes are underground everywhere, if they are now being “radiated” via “Smart Grid” technology/infrastructure, I leave that open as a possibility for the Vibration (& noise).
    –FYI: British Columbia govt.+utility co. expert testified under oath that RF RADIATION can penetrate the ground up to 39-inches (1-meter) deep!! Thermal Radiation expert, Curtis Bennett (good guy on our side), has the court transcripts at his site: ThermoGuy.com. He also has a twitter: @RealThermoGuy .

    IN CLOSING:

    Will add more links later. Hope this helps to know you are “not alone.” But it doesn’t help much to determine the cause/source.

    –I also made a twitter but I don’t use it much yet: @EDvsEMR (which stands for: Electrician’s Daughter vs. ElectroMagnetic Radiation).

    • Wow – thank you so much – a lot of info here! We do have an electric meter but this humming/vibration has only been occurring since gas line activity and my neighbor reminded me this morning that with the major construction going on up the road from us, they are laying all kinds of utility lines. We are thinking it’s not the gas lines because it wouldn’t stop like it has been. We are wondering if it’s related to the construction going on around us and we live on expansive clay soil that expands and contracts depending on moisture levels. When it gets dry it’s like living on top of a brick and EVERYTHING that makes noise sounds like it’s traveling through. Our plumbing is underground and we live next to a large neighborhood drain made of concrete and that’s probably amplifying sound. Unless we can get a “for sure” this is it we can’t really approach the city about this. It is a relief to know I’m not alone for sure! It’s getting really hard to find peace – assaults of sound and light from above, middle and below! Is there any place on this Earth that is truly quiet now? Thank you again for all this info.

      • You’re welcome! Thank you for the opportunity to “compare notes.”

        (That’s an annoyance I have with some of the sites where people comment, even Glen’s “World Hum Map,” is that he does not ask for, & people do not provide enough detail to make heads nor tails out of their situations in order to compare notes.

        (For instance, there were a few “dots” on Glen’s Map in this city. But one person merely wrote, “I heard a super strong hum for FIVE MINUTES…” Pfff! Big deal! Comments like that are zero help. I looked around that person’s location/”dot,” & they are right near one of the utility’s SUBSTATIONS, so yeah, Substations can also emit Vibes+Hums. SMH.)

        I’m going to break-up my replies into shorter segments to keep from overwhelming myself & others. 🙂 And not necessarily in correct order but by subject matter.

        RE: GAS LINES:

        __…this humming/vibration has only been occurring since gas line activity … We are thinking it’s not the gas lines because it wouldn’t stop like it has been.

        I don’t know if “gas power” works the same as “electric power” in a seasonal perspective, but I had found a document that the local utility submitted to the PUC re their electric grid, & it referred to “REAL DEMAND” vs. “REACTIVE DEMAND” which had to do with seasons. (See quote further below.)

        For a fact here, after living through 3 full-4-seasons of this nightmare, I can attest to the fact that “it” (Vibes+Hum) dies down in Intensity & Duration during FLA-Fall &/or Winter, depending. But once Spring hits, “it” begins getting worse again & Summers are the killer.

        For instance, last Fall 2016 it did not “let up” as early as in the prior Falls 2015+2014, but stayed TOO strong through Sept.-Oct.-Nov. with only brief let-ups, Nov. was HELL (3-weeks NO SLEEP!) However, once Dec. hit, it died down & stayed MOSTLY down (or Very Mild-“Torture”) for Dec.-Jan.-Feb. which was HEAVEN!

        One Jan., either 2015 or 2016, I forget which, we had a “cold spell,” & the Vibes+Hum were severely strong for 2-weeks straight without let-up. Torture Extreme!

        Utility Quote, caps added by me:
        […]
        …[utility] has also determined that the most critical demand levels to [utility’s] BES [bulk electric system] PERFORMANCE are those typical weather normalized peak demands experienced during [local] typical SUMMER period where GREATER *REACTIVE* demand occurs ALONG WITH HIGH *REAL* demands for an EXTENDED PERIOD of time.

        Even though [utility’s] winter season usually experiences higher *REAL* demands, the *REACTIVE* demands are LOWER and the DURATION of these HIGHER *REAL* demand spikes are SHORTER IN DURATION than the typical summer demand duration.

        Furthermore, it is understood that during winter peak demands, [utility’s] *REAL* generation output capacity is GREATER due to LOWER ambient TEMPERATURES and the additional thermal capacity of facilities is beneficial to GREATER TOLERANCE for HIGHER demands. This greater tolerance is reflected in [utility’s] facility ratings where appropriate.
        […]
        End Quote.

        So, if gas usage in any given area is similar to the Real-vs-Reactive-Demands of electric usage, then the same explanation may apply.

        SOUTH > Worse in Summers, Hot, more electric used for ACs, etc.

        NORTH > Worse in Winters, Cold, more electric (& gas?) used for heating, etc.

      • GAS LINES CON’T;

        This one has 2 links so may end up in moderation:

        Posted by Steve K. (COPS_NE) at Hum YahooGroup on 1/15/16:
        https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/humforum/info re: GAS PIPELINES:

        “FLOW-INDUCED NOISE & VIBRATION IN TURBOCOMPEESSORS & PIPING SYSTEMS” (an undated 7-page .pdf by two researchers in San Antonio, TX):
        https://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/11352382/1563162252/name/Flow%20induces%20noise-vibration%20turbocompresoors%20and%20piping%20Hyd%20Carbon.pdf

        –One guy, Stuart, at the Hum group who read that report, commented on 1/16/16 about it: “The article [Steve] uploaded was quite the read! … it seems to me in 2000 they were aware things running at 0Hz-100Hz caused vibration and shaking, but didn’t do a tremendous job of getting out of that frequency range.”

      • GAS LINES CON’T:

        GAS LINES MAP, GENERAL INFO:

        NPMS Public Viewer:
        https://www.npms.phmsa.dot.gov/PublicViewer/
        –The National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) Public Map Viewer enables the user to view NPMS data one county at a time. NPMS data consists of gas transmission pipelines and hazardous liquid trunklines. It does not contain gathering or distribution pipelines, such as lines which deliver gas to a customer’s home. Therefore, not all pipelines in an area will be visible in the Public Map Viewer.
        –The Public Viewer limits the scale of pipeline maps, in accordance with PHMSA’s security policy [phmsa.dot.gov/ PHMSA: Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, US Dept. of Transportation].
        –When you are zoomed in closer than a 1:24,000 scale (approximately 0.2 miles on the scale bar), you will notice that the pipelines have disappeared from the map. In order to see the pipelines, you must either zoom out or set the scale to 1:24,000 or a greater number.
        –Data cannot be downloaded from the Public Viewer.
        –Pipeline mileage shown in the mapping application may vary up to 10%, or in rare cases , more than 10%, from pipeline
        mileage measured by other sources.

      • GAS LINES CON’T. – LAST ONE:

        MORE BAD NEWS:

        Curtis Bennett of ThermoGuy.com, thermal radiation expert, says MWR (Microwave Radiation), ie > WiFi, Smart Grid, Smart Meters, & All Things “Wireless,” etc. are causing gas explosions (NY, San Bruno, CA, etc.) because the MWR/RF penetrates the ground 39-inches, & if any gas pipes are leaking, the MWR/RF will cause a spark & then Boom!

        He discusses this at approx. 57-58-mins. in this 4/21/15 video (posted online 5/8/15):

  2. RE: SOIL – DIRT – GROUND – EARTH & Vibrations+Hum:

    (Several source links in this one, so it will end up in moderation):

    __…we live on expansive clay soil that expands and contracts depending on moisture levels. When it gets dry it’s like living on top of a brick and EVERYTHING that makes noise sounds like it’s traveling through.

    That’s very interesting because the “Vibes+Hum” lady in AZ I previously mentioned said practically the same thing. Her words here:

    “…because our electrical service is underground and the dirt here is so dry, the ground around our home actually carries the vibration”:
    https://smartmeternewsupdates.wordpress.com/about/comment-page-4/#comment-337
    –From Karrie Butler, Arizona, comment 9/18/16.
    –Her website:
    http://www.KarrieJButler.com

    To be honest, it never occurred to me to consider the type of soil-dirt under me as a possible Vibration+Sound “carrier,” so I have not investigated the soil here, but I don’t think FLA has any clay soil (though I know Georgia hills/mountains do > Red Clay, saw it as a kid via car trips to visit relatives).
    –I think FLA, with its deep underground Aquifer veins, is probably closer to something like limestone, maybe(?)
    –I’m about 7-miles inland from the ocean, so whatever type soil would be in that type of vicinity(?) > SAND, lol!
    –And of course it probably rains here more than AZ & TX (?), so I don’t know how “dry” or “moist” the earth stays here on a normal, regular basis. I’m sure the hot FLA sun can dry it out fast enough, whatever it is. 🙂

    Here’s the only info I’ve collected so far re SOIL as it pertains to EMFs (MWR/RF from cell towers, Smart Grids, etc.) & ELF (Powerlines), fwiw:

    RF IN GROUND 39″ DEEP
    (ALSO PLC IN SOIL)

    1-meter = 39.3700787 inches! Longer than a yardstick!

    From Page 6 of Curtis Bennett 2/23/15 letter to Mayor/Council, City of Kelowna, BC, re his prior cross-examination of FortisBC’s Expert for Health & Environment, DR. YAKOV SHKOLNIKOV, Electrical Engineer with advanced degrees from Princeton and Cornell Universities:

    BRITISH COLUMBIA UTILITIES COMMISSION
    IN THE MATTER OF THE UTILITIES COMMISSION ACT R.S.B.C. 1996, CHAPTER 473
    And
    Re: FortisBC Energy Inc.
    Application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project
    Kelowna, B.C.
    March 8, 2013
    […]
    Page 1211 Line 14, Shkolnikov refers to 900 MHz penetrating the ground a meter or so. That in itself is alarming with all the biology in the ground as well as contributing to sink holes or instability with the vibrations inside the ground oscillating 1.8 billion times per second.
    […]
    Source:
    CURTIS BENNETT LETTER 2/23/15
    To City of Kelowna Mayor and Council, Kelowna, BC
    Re: FortisBC Reckless, Endangers Entire City

    [Me: The Grid polarizes & depolarizes, like the Plus & Minus signs on a battery; hence double the number: 900 MHz x 2 is 1.8 BILLION oscillations (vibrations) per second.]

    Article:
    thermoguy.com/transcripts-and-evidence-of-bcuc-substantiates-fortisbc-misrepresented-safety-of-wireless-smart-meters/

    The 13-page .PDF Letter dated 2/23/15:
    http://thermoguy.com/wp-content/uploads/Response-to-FortisBCs-Daily-Courier-Article-Advances-Meters-are-Safe-and-Smart.pdf

    In that letter Bennett provides this, referring to the original BCUC Hearing:
    […]
    Here is the link to my cross examination of FortisBC experts and I will refer you to pages and lines to make it easier for you. This is in front of the BCUC Chair and Panel and these “experts” are under oath. Open this and I will reference the pages for you:
    http://thermoguy.com/wp-content/uploads/Fortis_BC_AMI_Vol_61.pdf
    […]

    FULL QUOTE FROM ORIGINAL COURT REPORTER’s TRANSCRIPT:

    Page 1210, Lines 13-26, & Page 1211, Lines 1-22:
    […]
    MR. BENNETT: No, I appre- — and again, really with great respect to everybody, that it’s such a complex topic.

    Q: Now a question for Fortis again. Covering 17,000 square kilometres with these high-speed frequencies, is that going to cover everything in the ground? Everything in 17,000 square kilometres. Just say yeah or no.

    MR. WARREN: A: I don’t think I’m qualified to answer that.

    DR. SHKOLNIKOV: A: I have performed four years of measurements of radio frequency penetration through
    the ground for purposes of my work on ground
    penetrating radar. The attenuation through the ground is very rapid
    , which makes this task very difficult. So whatever the numbers that were cited in Exponent Report for exposure in the air would have to be dramatically reduced for any buried objects or animals.

    MR. BENNETT: Q: That isn’t what I was actually talking about, but that’s a very good question. How deep do these frequencies penetrate into the ground?

    DR. SHKOLNIKOV: A: I think when I present those results to the — at the conference, the question isn’t how deep, but the question is when do they drop below a level at which you can detect?

    MR. BENNETT: Q: Okay.

    DR. SHKOLNIKOV: A: So with fairly — it depends on the soil type and the frequency range, but at 900 megahertz I would be surprised if the distance was anything substantial over, you know, maybe, depending on the soil type maybe a meter down or so. It really depends on soil conditions, but that’s probably the level at which it becomes difficult to detect them, and again the detection and exposure are two completely different topics.
    […]

    [Me – Amateur’s Opinion: If the RF Freqs. are detected at all, that means they ARE “there” & are “still alive.” So if the Freqs. are “there & alive,” then they can still vibrate anything they hit, especially metal rebar & wiring underground since plastic piping — with wires inside — does not stop MWR. A hard-plastic dish in a microwave oven does not prevent the microwaves from reaching the food & vibrating the heck out of it which is how microwaves “cook” food.]

    ~~~

    Update 5/27/15: Re-read this today (in a previously saved article re Victor Nixon, SCADA expert):

    “These technically adverse frequencies are affecting standard measurements of magnetic and electric fields as well of microwaves. They result in effects on living systems on people, animals, plant life AND SOIL for more than 100 metres [108 yards or 324 feet] away from the axis of the [power] line…”
    –Dr. Andrew Michrowski, president of the Planetary Association for Clean Energy, Inc., Ottawa, CA, as quoted here:
    http://citizensforsafetechnology.org/uploads/scribd/victor-challenge.pdf

    ~~~

    Update 5/18/15: Saw this today:

    Quote:
    […]
    Power Line Communication [PLC] is synonymous with powerful dirty electricity [DE]. I have found filters to be useless in mitigating the DE from it.

    The Very Low Frequency [VLF] type PLC used in the USA utilize frequency too close to the 60 Hz signal to be filtered out.

    TWACS [Two-Way Advanced Communications System] Power Line Communication/meter is so powerful that the signal can be stopped only at the substation, so it remains on the house wiring even when the breaker is off.

    It causes fluctuating electrical and magnetic fields, wiring to become antennas, and TRAVELS INTO THE SOIL.

    Here’s excellent information on power line communication – written by an electrically sensitive engineer: http://www.eiwellspring.org/smartmeter/TWACS.htm http://www.eiwellspring.org/plc.html
    […]
    Source:
    5/18/15 Forum Discussion:
    “Can A Home Have TOO Much Electrical Current Being Supplied To It?”
    http://es-forum.com/Can-A-Home-Have-TOO-Much-Electrical-Current-Being-Supplied-To-It-td4027855.html

    End of “Soil” info. 🙂

  3. RE: CONSTRUCTION NEARBY:

    “…my neighbor reminded me this morning that with the major construction going on up the road from us, they are laying all kinds of utility lines. … We are wondering if it’s related to the construction going on around us…”

    That’s interesting because my sister mentioned recently the college nearby was building a building “back around the time” that I said the Vibes+Hum began here. So that’s a new “side project” to investigate.

    She also JUST told me — after 3 years!! — that there ARE metal beams between our side wall & the unit next door!! (She was in town when this place was built, I wasn’t.) I can see the metal beams high up in garage ceiling but it never occurred to me those same beams come downward behind the side walls of the interior! So, now, I betcha, those beams are pre-fab-all-in-one-piece, & also cross over UNDERGROUND to the other wall & back up to the high outer/garage ceiling!

    I knew there was metal under the concrete floor as the other neighbor confirmed that last year… said he learned the hard way when drilling through his concrete floor to install whatever & they “ran into steel.” I assumed he hit thin round rebar for the concrete, but now I bet he hit a metal BEAM!

    That’s why I stress learning as much as possible re building & utility infrastructure because Metal + EMFs = Vibrating Antenna!

    And, btw, having metal amalgams in teeth (or other metal body parts) does not help either when in a radiated environment; they say amalgams turn your head into a battery, or worse, an antenna! Sadly, I now know how true that is. It is devastating when they increase the “Power Density” (Intensity).

  4. RE: CONCRETE as SOUND AMPLIFIER:

    __Our plumbing is underground and we live next to a large neighborhood drain made of concrete and that’s probably amplifying sound.

    Oh boy, you are surrounded. Sorry about that!

    As long as your underground plumbing for bathroom & kitchen & laundry room, etc., is nowhere near any possibly-underground “Smart” electric-meter pipes & possibly “Smart” water-meter pipes (as is the case here), you should be OK.

    When the utility increases their “power load,” even the toilet vibrates here & the floor around it, & the sinks & pipes under them spew out “electric current” or “fields” so strong you can’t get near them (usually Summers is when it is much worse).

    Here’s a few more quotes I had saved that mention concrete:

    CONCRETE & WOOD vs. NOISE:

    The “…speed of sound through concrete is 10,600 FPS [feet per second] which is 8x faster than airborne 1129 FPS.”

    Wood, on the other hand, will “…transmit vibration and sound 12x faster than airborne noise.”

    –(Sorry, I did not save a reference link for that quote. It was one of the first quotes I found/saved back in 2014. It was from a Building Construction or Architectural type of site.)

    ~~~

    FLOORS & VIBRATION & INTERNAL ORGANS’ FREQUENCIES:

    “Floor Vibration Control”:
    http://www.deicon.com/floor-vibration-control/
    […]
    “People are known to be very sensitive to floor vibration, e.g. vibration with an amplitude as small as 0.004 inch (0.1 mm) can cause aggravation. Floors that are most disturbing to the occupants often have low resonant frequencies; residential and office building floors having their fundamental frequency usually in the range of 3.5 to 8 Hz, fall in this category. This might be because the natural frequencies of the INTERNAL HUMAN ORGANS are also in the same frequency range, i.e., 4 to 8 Hz. That is, floor resonance [vibrations] can cause the INTERNAL ORGANS of the occupants to RESONATE [vibrate] resulting in an uneasy and irritating feeling.”
    […]

    Tell me about it, mister!! :-/

    ~~~

    LFN vs. “BARRIERS”:

    “Noise sources from low-frequency components
    … deserve special consideration. ‘Disturbances may occur even though the sound pressure level during exposure is below 30 dBA.’ Low-frequency noise [LFN] will penetrate walls and barriers more readily than high frequency noise.”
    –Source: “GUIDELINES FOR COMMUNITY NOISE: ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS OF NOISE”:
    http://www.lowertheboom.org/trice/reacting.htm

    ~~~

    WHEN “GROUND CURRENT” (aka “Stray Voltage”) MEETS CONCRETE-FLOOR REBAR:

    Quote:
    […]
    “After shutting the power down at the main panel, I found stray voltage/current traveling through the rebar in the concrete foundation. This was not good because I sleep under a Swiss canopy. Once I changed my bedroom to the second level, the body voltage dropped to 5 mV from 200mV. Touching the concrete with my bare feet brought it up around 600mV. I have slept much better and in turn my sensitivities have vanished. This has happened with quite a few people I know.”
    […]
    From a comment here dated 9/16/15:
    http://es-forum.com/Symptom-Free-Right-Now-td4028185.html

    I don’t have a 2nd-story where I could move higher-up! I slept on top of a big desk, 3-feet off the floor, for a year (Summer 2015 to Summer 2016) to try to get away from the vibrating floor, but the desk was up against the “plumbing wall” (bathroom & kitchen area on other side). That’s how I learned “up close” that that wall & the underground plumbing under it was also being vibrated to hell & back. So I gave up & switched back to the bedroom. :-/

  5. RE: PROVING THE SOURCE:

    __Unless we can get a “for sure” this is it, we can’t really approach the city about this.

    I know exactly what you mean. And trying to figure it out by
    –buying RF/EMF Testing-Meters,
    –Electric & Magnetic-Fields Testing-Meters;
    –&/or renting Vibration &/or Sound testing equipment;
    –&/or hiring Professional Engineers &/or Sound Engineers to “peg” ELF or LFN, etc., would cost a fortune.

    The same lady in AZ, in her same above comment, Karrie, she also wrote that she had already spent $35,000 over 4-years trying to determine source of the Vibration+Noise at her house, which was making her ill. When she finally learned re Smart Meters/SmartGrid causing vibes+hum, she found an expert up North but he wanted $8,000 to come to her house & do all the tests & documentation, etc. By that time (2016), & after already spending $35k, she said forget it. I don’t know what her current status is. 😦

    ~~~

    RE: NATIONAL RADIO QUIET ZONE:

    __Is there any place on this Earth that is truly quiet now?

    There’s the “National Radio Quiet Zone” (NRQZ) in West Virginia, where EMFs (ElectroMagnetic Frequencies > cell towers, wifi, cellphones, Smart Meters, all things “wireless”) are severely restricted & regulated by the Feds moreso than anywhere else, due to the very large-football-field-size telescope there at GreenBank, WV (GBO > GreenBank Observatory). That’s where I would like to be as the proliferation of EMFs & SmartGrids will not stop but will get worse with the fast-tracked 5G that is on the way. 😦 Just check the gas pipeline maps, too, to make sure there are none of those around. 😉

    __Thank you again for all this info.

    You’re welcome! 🙂

    And I meant to say before, LOVE THE PHOTO/drawing! Did you do that? It’s perfect!! especially because the lady asks, “WHY IS THE HOUSE VIBRATING!?” Exactly!! I “feel her pain”!! :-/

    • Thank you so much for the information. Yes, we don’t have flying houses (yet) so there are not many escape routes! It has been blissfully quiet today and I took a walk up to where the construction area was happening and it looks like they may be close to finishing! That may be a culprit – we shall see! The drawing, yes I did that. That’s my husband, Spot and myself when they were fracking a well in the neighborhood next to us before they did the one in 2013. I am praying they have run out of places they can punch holes in around here! Some of our neighbors have a gas well right up to their back fence! The bare minimum of 300 ft. Awhile back they did a survey of the utility lines around our neighborhood in preparation for building another division to our area. We are completely surrounded by gas lines – like living inside a bomb! If I’d known what I know now, we wouldn’t be living here. Anyhew. Thank you!

  6. ANOTHER SOURCE OF VIBRATION+NOISE caused by “Dirty Electricity” from UNDERGROUND POWERLINES [we do have Underground Powerlines here & so does Karrie in AZ]:

    FYI: I had seen another comment by Karrie in AZ over at ElectricSense dot com, & she had determined that it was “DIRTY ELECTRICITY” [oscillations/vibrations & transients] from the UNDERGROUND POWERLINES that was causing the VIBRATIONS+Hum of her house & body rather than just the SMPS [Switched-Mode Power Supply] of the Smart Meter:

    http://www.electricsense.com/12221/dirty-electricity-dna-line-filter
    […]
    Karrie said [in comments section],
    My DE [“Dirty Electricity”] is coming in on the underground power line, as Marsha wrote …, I share a transformer with 5 other houses. The DE is so bad here that it vibrates the whole house, and is so bad that I can’t sleep, and because it is coming from the power company, the graham stetzer filters don’t work. The power company won’t do anything about it, not even installing an isolator in the transformer! I need a filter that filters the power coming into the house, on the line before it comes to the house. Is there such a thing?
    […]

    She was replying to this lady’s comment:
    […]
    Marsha Adams said,
    I am one of those people who has not had success with Stetzer filters in spite of installing 20 of them in the house. The power company has tested the incoming mains and found the incoming power carries DE probably from shared transformers with neighbors and their appliances and electronics. Shared transformers (underground utilities) another important source of DE.
    […]

    So complicated for us “middle age ladies” to have to figure out all this techie stuff on our own! But hope something above will help your & your neighbors who ARE feeling the Vibrations+Hum.

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