Seismographing wraps up for Nacogdoches neighborhoods

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - As many as 140square-miles in northeastern Nacogdoches and Nacogdoches County are being tested.

Mainly in neighborhoods off the northeast loop, Appleby Sand Road and parts of Highway 59, north of Appleby.

Seismic testing is commonplace in rural areas, but when it's happening in residential neighborhoods, people tend to be more outspoken.

Residents first noticed miles of extension cords criss-crossing neighborhoods.

"They were here very fast, I'll say that. They spread all that wiring out in no time at all along our street," said resident Bill Lovett.

Then things would go boom during the day in otherwise peaceful neighborhoods.

"Just every 5 or 10 minutes they would hear this boom noise which sounded like a big heavy tree falling or something like that," said resident Maxine Duke.

Duke knows a water well is being dug close to her house.

. However, not as fast as sound travels, news began to spread about the surveyors collecting seismic data. It points out exploration companies oil and gas pockets in the Haynesville shale.

"They drill down about 80 foot and set off depth charges down there and they record those waves it sends off to see what's down there and people are just concerned about the loud noises," said County Commissioner, Pct. 1 Jerry Don Williamson.

All the commotion even upset a dog named Astro. He's run away from home and is too frightened to go to those trying to help him.

Project manager James Shew says global geophysical services task of shooting charges underground should have ended over the weekend.

"I'll be glad when it's over with. We're getting tired of looking at the old extension cords," said resident John Langford.

Crews should be out of the area by June 18.

Few residential customers own mineral rights where they live.

Property owners are asked to be patient.

All property strung on streets and right of ways should be left in place.

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