Memorial Day: Respecting Sacrifices With Quiet

Memorial Day represents a day of respectful and somber reflection on those who died in active service in the US military. Just as a funeral or any remembrance, Memorial Day stands a a day of gravity and pause—just as we would a moment of silence. In fact, the earliest recognition…

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West Chester Pennsylvania Protects Downtown From Noise

Visitors to West Chester, Pennsylvania, this summer can enjoy a more relaxed meal, enjoy a normal conversation outside, and forego the ear plugs increasingly required by illegal vehicle noise. Mayor Jordan Norley of West Chester and the West Chester Police Department actively launched Operation…

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New Disorderly Conduct Case May Help Address Noise

The Pennsylvania Superior Court modestly stepped-up criminal relief for victims of alleged neighbor retaliation or excessive noise. In Commonwealth v. McConnell, 2020 PA Super 300 (Super., Dec. 30, 2020) (Slip). police cited  McConnell with disorderly conduct for turning on eight, construction-grade, floodlights in a residential neighborhood and…

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One-third of Fracking Health Complaints In Pennsylvania Involve Noise

One-third of Fracking Health Complaints in Pennsylvania Involve Noise Almost one-third (32.7%) of complaints lodged to the Pennsylvania Department of Health about hydraulic fracturing in unconventional gas wells in Pennsylvania (fracking)  involve noise. The Pennsylvania Department of Health maintains an Oil and Natural Gas…

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Turning Up Quiet: Pennsylvania Noise Ordinances Article for Attorneys Published

The November-December 2020 issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer contains an article on noise ordinances in Pennsylvania—Turning Up Quiet With Noise Ordinances. The article provides context for attorneys when drafting noise ordinances for Pennsylvania. Many noise ordinances and purported noise ordinances (actually problematic omnibus “zoning” ordinances or…

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Motorcycle Noise Pollution

You enjoy a breathtaking view of a scenic area in Pennsylvania. Suddenly, an ear-splitting RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW from a motorcycle a mile away and closing aurally-assaults the viewer. A business works diligently to rebuild after the pandemic, when (for the 16th time today) RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA…

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ATV Noise Pollution

ATVs (and UTVs) can cause noise problems in Pennsylvania’s neighborhoods or natural areas. Fortunately, the Pennsylvania Snowmobile and All-Terrain Vehicle Law (75 Pa.Cons.Stat. §§ 7701, et seq.) provides mandatory remedies for ATV abuse and noise. Notably, the ATV Law requires police to enforce the law,…

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