EDITOR: I too have heard and felt the booming sounds. I live off Pleasant Valley Road, off Leisure Lane. I have heard these sounds since April. I moved here in November. I work outside a lot, so I feel these explosions coming from deep underground. My dog whines and runs up to me when they start, usually from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. I have not heard them on weekends. If I am in the house, it vibrates my deck and rattles my windows. I actually see impact tremors in my dog’s water bowl. They are obviously man-made.
I have questioned neighbors who are longtime residents. I have called the Mountain Democrat and spoke to several staff members. Everyone I speak to has a different explanation. One neighbor said its been happening for years and was probably thunderstorms from the Tahoe area, one person said it was BLM clearing forrests another said it was Snows Road Quarry. I have called Snows Quarry, and they said that people will pull up and ask about the explosions, and they are going off way toward the east while he is speaking, so it is obvious it is not his quarry. These explosions usually come as two blasts, less than a second apart, then seconds of rumbling, and feels and sounds deep underground and miles to the east.
BLM states they are not blasting anything. I will keep asking questions until I get a real answer. The last suspect, of course, is our government. Who else would have the money and the time to be blasting? The real question is, “Why are they blasting?” If it’s not fracking, then they are creating “secret” underground roadways or facilities … with our tax money I might add.
Editor’s note – Fracking? We are not aware of any oil or natural gas reserves in El Dorado County.