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Answer to Forest Grove mystery noise?

I have just read the story of the strange mystery noise in a west Forest Grove neighborhood. I may be able to help identify the source, as it sounds exactly the same as one I experienced a few years ago.

Are there any wells in the neighborhood that have a submersible pump and pressure tank? When the pump begins to fail [and] when the bearings go out, especially, it produces a metal-on-metal screech that is transmitted through the well casing [and] through the ground for some distance when the pump runs, which is whenever the pressure in the pressure tank drops as water is used or leaks.

I am writing you because I am not near Forest Grove and I know that if you think this may be plausible, you can pass it on to the authorities to look for a failing submersible pump.

I’m just hoping to be helpful, and I apologize if the cause is found to be something else.

Charles Sears


Time to make history for Oregon’s climate

We Oregonians take pride in being environmental leaders. From the Bottle Bill in 1971 to setting strong renewable energy targets in 2007, our state has again and again been on the cutting edge of building a greener, healthier future and an economy powered by sustainable jobs. But lately we’ve fallen behind.

During the last several years, Oregon has failed to make much headway on the biggest environmental challenge of all: climate change. We have targets for reducing carbon pollution that exist on paper, but no binding policy to enforce them. Meanwhile much of our electricity still comes from coal, largely from out-of-state coal plants. While other regions like California and the Northeast are taking concrete steps to phase out coal power and enforce strong climate policies, Oregon has not yet caught up.

Fortunately, the 2016 special session gives Oregon legislators a chance to correct this. Two vital bills, the Clean Electricity and

Coal Transition Bill (HB 4036) and the Healthy Climate Act (SB 1574), would end coal power imports to our state while giving Oregon a way to enforce climate goals. The legislature should pass these important bills now.

Nick Engelfried