Appalachian Residents Claim They Are Being Driven Out of Their Neighborhood After Crypto Mine Opens

Residents of a North Carolina Appalachian town say they are being forced out of their homes by a noisy cryptocurrency mine that has sparked petitions and protests.

The Murphy facility, one of two in Cherokee County, consistently emitted a sound that resident Mike Lugiewicz describes as “a little jet that never leaves.” In September, a mine was described as “costlier than beef production”.

Sound meters operated by Lugiewicz outside his yard showed the incessant noise of stacks of computer servers and cooling fans ranging from 55 to 85 decibels.

“There’s a five-kilometre race track right here,” Lugiewicz said. “You can hear the cars driving. It’s cool.’

“But at least they stopped,” neighbor Judy Stines told CNN. “And you can go to bed.

Residents of a North Carolina Appalachian town say they are being forced out of their homes due to a noisy cryptocurrency mine that has sparked petitions and protests

Crypto bans by places like China have led those looking to harvest to seek locations along the Appalachian Mountains, as electricity is relatively affordable and regulation is generally non-existent in these regions.

A company called PrimeBlock bought a dozen mines in North Carolina, as well as Tennessee and Kentucky.

The company – based in San Francisco – has raised around $300 million in equity funding and is expected to go public soon.

Despite a largely Republican and Libertarian base, the noise has forced locals to demand that their local government do something about it, with the Board of Commissioners recently asking state and federal authorities to regulate crypto mining.

“I personally think if we can get a bill into the system, other counties (in North Carolina) will join it,” Chairman Cal Stiles said.

Chandler Song, co-founder and chief innovation officer of PrimeBlock, said such regulation would be “unconstitutional, to say the least” and said of the locals, “Oh boy, they wanted us so badly a year ago.”

Representatives from PrimeBlock were scheduled to speak at a meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Directors, but county commission chairman Dan Eichenbaum said they decided not to come because that someone had pulled on one of the service lines.

Resident Mike Lugiewicz (pictured left) describes the noise as

Resident Mike Lugiewicz (pictured left) describes the noise as ‘a little jet that never leaves’

Crypto bans by places like China have led those looking to harvest to seek locations along the Appalachian Mountains, as electricity is relatively affordable and regulation is generally non-existent in these regions.

Crypto bans by places like China have led those looking to harvest to seek locations along the Appalachian Mountains, as electricity is relatively affordable and regulation is generally non-existent in these regions.

Song has since said he hasn’t heard any complaints from the county, but has promised PrimeBlock will build soundproofing walls and install water-based cooling systems that will emit sound, The Washington Post reported.

They did, but only on both sides of the mine before construction halted, which only aggravated residents’ anger.

Song and co-founder Ryan Fang were on a 2017 Forbes list of young entrepreneurs who were able to raise over $10 million in funding for projects.

PrimeBlock claimed nearly $25 million in Q4 2021 revenue and an estimated enterprise value of $1.25 billion.

Despite a largely Republican and Libertarian base, the noise has forced locals to demand that their local government do something about it, with the Board of Commissioners (pictured) recently asking state and federal authorities to regulate crypto mining .

Despite a largely Republican and Libertarian base, the noise has forced locals to demand that their local government do something about it, with the Board of Commissioners (pictured) recently asking state and federal authorities to regulate crypto mining .

Chandler Song, co-founder and chief innovation officer of PrimeBlock, said such regulation would be

Chandler Song, co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of PrimeBlock, said such regulation would be “unconstitutional, to say the least” and said of the locals, “Oh my God, they wanted us so badly a year ago.”

Song has yet to respond to follow-up questions. DailyMail.com has contacted a PrimeBlock spokesperson for comment.

The mines, along with winter storms, have been blamed for causing power outages in power grids built by the Tennessee Valley Authority, something that has rarely happened in the history of the New Era program. Deal. The mine never stops.

“They closed us on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day every hour for 15 to 45 minutes at a time,” resident Ron Wright said. “Well, once your electricity goes out, your heat pumps shut down and the pipes freeze.”

Lugiewicz and Stines are still fighting, but Lugiewicz has tied a for sale sign to his house.

“September 2021, I think, is when they turned this on and my wife and I just shook our heads and said, ‘No, we got out of here.

Despite promises that PrimeBlock would build sound insulation walls and install noisy water-based cooling systems, they only built them on two sides of the mine before construction stopped, which only makes residents angrier.

Despite promises that PrimeBlock would build sound insulation walls and install noisy water-based cooling systems, they only built them on two sides of the mine before construction stopped, which only makes residents angrier.

The mines, along with winter storms, have been blamed for causing power outages in power grids built by the Tennessee Valley Authority, something that has rarely happened in the history of the New Era program. Deal.  The mine never stops

The mines, along with winter storms, have been blamed for causing power outages in power grids built by the Tennessee Valley Authority, something that has rarely happened in the history of the New Era program. Deal. The mine never stops

The Murphy facility has made waves to neighboring Clay County, which enacted a ban on commercial crypto mining last August.

“In terms of environmental impacts, the council found that cryptocurrency mining contributes to climate change, noise pollution, environmental devastation, immense amounts of energy used, including including, but not limited to, electrical power,” the order reads.

County Commissioner Clay Logan told Clay County Progress it was “just common sense.”

Change.org and the Sierra Club have started anti-mining petitions.

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