Cleanup of Vienna oil spill continues today


VIENNA

Workers from Kleese Development were back at two ponds and the Little Yankee Run wetlands on Sodom Hutchings Road today for a second day, cleaning up an estimated 2,000 gallons or more of “light waste oil” from Kleese’s oil field services company nearby.

The company issued a statement late today saying the company was halting all operations at the Sodom Hutchings location, including brine injection “for the immediate future out of an abundance of caution.”

Kleese and the spill are just north of Warren-Sharon Road.

The oil came from a “buried drain pipe” associated with the Kleese site, but EPA officials are still studying the pipe to determine its origin, said Linda Oros, Ohio EPA spokeswoman. So far, there has been no indication the oil came from the holding tanks used in association with the Kleese injection facilities, Oros said.

Two wetlands and a private pond were “severely impacted,” Oros said.

When The Vindicator viewed the site Friday morning, it appeared that the oil had gotten into two ponds on the east side of Sodom Hutchings Road, but a third pond did not appear to have any oil on it.

A resident living next to one of the two affected ponds, which are just north of the Kleese site, said he called the EPA on Monday after seeing a dead muskrat by the pond and a sheen on the water.

State officials came to the scene Thursday, and the cleanup began Thursday night, he said. In addition to the muskrat, the man and his neighbor have discovered many dead fish, some dead frogs and a dead turtle, he said.

Oros said, however, said the ODNR Division of Wildlife reported that there was “minimal impact to wildlife.”

Read more about the situation in Saturday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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