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VIENNA, Ohio (WYTV) – Vienna Township will find out Wednesday if their water is safe to drink after environmental agents found an oil spill at a private pond last week.

The water samples were sent to a lab in Columbus on Monday to determine if the water is contaminated and if so, how bad.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Ohio EPA planned to call homeowners only if there was something seriously wrong with the water. Otherwise, residents will be notified of the results on Wednesday.

On March 30, a man found dead fish and turtles in his pond off Sodom Hutchings Road in Vienna. An inspection traced a leak back to an injection well run by Kleese Development Associates (KDA) of Warren.

Under current ownership, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has cited KDA three times for the Vienna well since 2004, according to ODNR Public Information Officer Eric Heis. The reasons for the citations regarding allowable injection pressures, failing to file quarterly reports in a timely manner and not plugging an abandoned well, Heis said.

All of the three violations have been addressed, and the wells were in compliance at the time of the incident, according to Heis.

The chief of the oil and gas division of the ODNR ordered on Friday that the well be shut down. The written order followed an initial verbal order, Heis said.

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