Work continues on cleanup at Vienna Township spill

VIENNA — Workers from Kleese Development were back at two ponds and the Little Yankee Run wetlands on Sodom Hutchings Road this morning for a second day, cleaning up an estimated 2,000 gallons of "light waste oil" from Kleese's oilfield services company nearby.

The oil came from a "buried drain pipe," but EPA officials are still studying the pipe to determine is origin, said Linda Oros, Ohio EPA spokeswoman. So far, there has been no indication the oil came from the holding tanks at the Kleese injection well facilities there, Oros said.

Two wetlands were "severely impacted, along with a private pond," Oros said. The oil traveled 3,000 feet down a tributary stream of Little Yankee Run, but the leading edge of the oil has been contained, she said.

A resident living next to one of the two affected ponds a short distance 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.

He and his neighbor have discovered many dead fish and a dead turtle, he said.

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