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Appalachia residents claim they are being driven from their neighborhood after the crypto mine opens

Residents of a town in North Carolina’s Appalachians say they are being forced to leave their homes over a noisy cryptocurrency mining that has sparked petitions and protests.

The facility in Murphy, one of two in Cherokee County, has consistently made a noise that resident Mike Lugiewicz describes as “a small plane that never leaves.” In September, one mine was described as ‘more expensive than beef production’.

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

“There’s a racetrack three miles from here,” Lugiewicz said. You hear the cars driving. It’s cool!’

Residents of a North Carolina Appalachian town say they are being forced to leave their homes over a noisy cryptocurrency mining that has sparked petitions and protests

“But at least they’re stopping,” neighbor Judy Stines added to CNN. “And you can go to bed!”

Cryptocurrency bans by places like China have led those wanting to harvest to look for locations along the Appalachians, as power is relatively affordable and usually unregulated in those areas.

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

The San Francisco-based company has raised about $300 million in equity financing and is likely to go public soon.

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

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

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

Resident Mike Lugiewicz (pictured left) describes the sound as 'a small plane that never takes off'

Resident Mike Lugiewicz (pictured left) describes the sound as 'a small plane that never takes off'

Resident Mike Lugiewicz (pictured left) describes the sound as ‘a small plane that never takes off’

Cryptocurrency bans by places like China have led those wanting to harvest to look for locations along the Appalachians, as power is relatively affordable and usually unregulated in those areas

Cryptocurrency bans by places like China have led those wanting to harvest to look for locations along the Appalachians, as power is relatively affordable and usually unregulated in those areas

Cryptocurrency bans by places like China have led those wanting to harvest to look for locations along the Appalachians, as power is relatively affordable and usually unregulated in those areas

There were plans to have PrimeBlock representatives speak at a Cherokee County Board meeting, but County Commission Chairman Dan Eichenbaum said they decided not to come because someone fired on one of the service lines.

Song has since said he has heard no complaints from the county, but promised PrimeBlock would build soundproof walls and install water-based cooling systems that made noise, the Washington Post reported.

They did, but only on two sides of the mine before construction stopped, which only made the residents angrier.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The mines, along with the winter storms, have been blamed for the progression of blackouts in power grids built by the Tennessee Valley Authority, a rare occurrence in the history of the New Deal-era program. The mine has never closed.

“They shut us down every hour on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for 15 to 45 minutes to an hour,” said resident Ron Wright. “Well, if your power goes out, your heat pumps shut down and pipes freeze.”

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

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

Despite promises PrimeBlock would build soundproof walls and install water based cooling systems that made noise, they only built them on two sides of the mine before construction stopped, which only made residents angrier

Despite promises PrimeBlock would build soundproof walls and install water based cooling systems that made noise, they only built them on two sides of the mine before construction stopped, which only made residents angrier

Despite promises PrimeBlock would build soundproof walls and install water based cooling systems that made noise, they only built them on two sides of the mine before construction stopped, which only made residents angrier

The mines, along with the winter storms, have been blamed for the progression of blackouts in power grids built by the Tennessee Valley Authority, a rare occurrence in the history of the New Deal-era program.  The mine has never closed

The mines, along with the winter storms, have been blamed for the progression of blackouts in power grids built by the Tennessee Valley Authority, a rare occurrence in the history of the New Deal-era program.  The mine has never closed

The mines, along with the winter storms, have been blamed for the progression of blackouts in power grids built by the Tennessee Valley Authority, a rare occurrence in the history of the New Deal-era program. The mine has never closed

The Murphy facility caused a stir in neighboring Clay County, which enacted a ban on commercial crypto mining last August.

“In terms of environmental impacts, the board found that cryptocurrency mining contributes to climate change, noise pollution, environmental devastation, and massive amounts of energy used, including but not limited to electrical energy,” the regulation states.

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

Both Change.org and the Sierra Club have launched petitions against the mines.

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