Texas Noise and Georgia's HB734
State Representative Jason Spencer has introduced a Bill in the Georgia Legislature to protect spaceport operators from lawsuits due to Noise and other nuisances to be named later. Supporters claim that Noise really will not be a problem, but apparently SpaceX thinks it is; and they seek protection from the folks that live near the SpaceX McGregor Engine Test site and anywhere else they want to put a new spaceport. Noise and Vibration from engine tests and launches may be even more important concerns in Camden County since both can affect the Toxic Waste Landfill that is inside the LDZ.
Could Spaceport Camden end up being an engine test site like McGregor?
The Science might say one thing, but people who live near a real test site say another. Which are we to believe?
Noise travels farther over water. Do the studies take this into account considering that people live North, South and East of the Camden site?
If the Spaceport was here first, then those that move in later would be aware that they might be affected by the noise. It is similar to the 'informed consent' portion of HB734 for space tourists who want to take the risks. But people who already live in Camden are given no such choice. If noise turns out to be a problem, who will pay our costs so we can move away?
If our property values decline, who will make us whole?
Are we guaranteed that our property insurance costs will not go up since the spaceport operators have been relieved of risk?
Are the 30 or so jobs created by the Spaceport worth it to all the rest who do not benefit?