VIENNA, Ohio (WYTV) – A natural gas disposal well in Vienna can start accepting fracking waste due to a new decision from the state of Ohio, but after recent spills and pollution from other wells, one township official says it’s a bad deal for the community.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources granted a request to begin operations at an injection well on State Route 193 in Vienna Township. The well was developed by Kleese Development Associates.
After a spill at Kleese Development’s other well, ownership of the well on Route 193 was transferred over to KTCA Holdings, a company in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. A request to begin operations there was sent in to ODNR on August 30, and ODNR found that the well complied with regulations and “does not jeopardize public health or safety.”
Still, Vienna Township Trustee Phil Pegg said he is uncomfortable with the idea.
“They don’t really care about it as long as they’re receiving their tax dollars from the pumping of the brine,” he said.
He says ODNR does not take traffic and roadways into account when granting permits.
“You see the traffic on this road? Expect that to increase drastically and not only will there be vehicles on this road, but you’re going to have 18-wheel brine trucks coming up and down through here,” he said.
Pegg said he is not opposed to drilling, but he says the well is too close to the air base and the center of town to be safe.
WKBN reached out to KTCA for a response, but company representatives have not returned a call.