Vienna company blamed for oil spill implements changes


VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – The company responsible for an oil spill in Vienna Township earlier this month said it has implemented some changes requested by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Company officials with Kleese Development Associates said ODNR requested the addition of equipment that will regulate record keeping at two wells in Warren Township, located off U.S. Route 422. According to a KDA company spokesman, it complied within hours of the request at that particular well site, and is in the process of voluntarily adding the equipment at its other wells in Vienna.

The Warren Township wells had to be shut down for a brief period of time Friday so the equipment could be added. An ODNR inspector came to the site on Saturday and approved the changes, according to the company. All operations at the site are back to normal.

KDA said it is happy to comply with regulators, and will make any and all changes that are requested. The company said there are no issues at any of its wells at this time, and it is continuing to work with ODNR to ensure safe and environmentally sound operations.

Earlier this month, an oil spill at KDA’s well site in Vienna Township killed some fish and other wildlife in a neighboring pond on Sodom Hutchings Road.

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