A rural North Carolina city bears the brunt of a cryptocurrency mine, sending some locals to worry about the deafening noise and the impact on the power grid.
Murphy, North Carolina, resident Mike Lugiewicz joined “Fox & Friends First” on Monday to discuss his concern about the mine – which is about 500 feet from his front door – and why he decided to move.
“The noise is insane and if you’re on top of the mountain above the crypto mine, it’s even worse,” Lugiewicz says Carley Shimkus. “I don’t know if there’s much we can do about it right now, but what we’re trying to do as a community is get the public to understand that if they see crypto mines popping up in their region, they must do everything possible to ban them and not allow them to enter their network.”
Cryptocurrency mines, banned by the Chinese, have appeared in various locations in the United States, raising concerns about its impact on the power grid, alongside the unrelenting and unpleasant noise. San Francisco-based PrimeBlock, which would own the North Carolina minebought a dozen mines in Appalachia.
Lugiewicz said his community experienced a power outage over the holidays, but even when its lights were off, the crypto mine still had access to power.
“They are just destroy the power“, Lugiewicz said. “On Christmas Eve, when it was three degrees here, we had power outages. While we’re sitting in the dark, I can look out my window and I can see the encryption mine is powered up, and I think it’s kind of hurtful for the power companies to cut our power, but let’s operational encryption mines.”
He described the constant, crippling sound he said was “happening right now” during his early morning interview.
“This morning it’s running at around 85 decibels,” Lugiewicz said. “It feels like you’re behind a jet sitting on the tarmac and that jet never leaves, or imagine you’re inside Niagara Falls and you can’t get rid of the noise like your home is at center of Niagara Falls.”
Lugiewicz decided to put his house up for sale, but said some of his neighbors didn’t have the luxury of fleeing the area.
“When they turned it on last year… the noise was just insane, and we decided we were just going to move,” Lugiewicz said. “However, this area is mostly made up of retirees on fixed incomes. They don’t have the option to just pack up and move somewhere else.”
“My fight is more for my friends and neighbors,” he continued. “We had a neighbor up on the mountain and her house feels like it’s going to vibrate. It’s so loud up there.”