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Vienna intersection a concern as drilling-related truck traffic increases

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VIENNA, Ohio - Township trustees fear what could happen if truck traffic increases at the intersection of state Route 82 and Sodom Hutchings Road.

The fear is spurred by a new permit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued to Kleese Development Associates for a new injection well.

Trustee Phil Pegg says the concern raised isn't with the injection well, Kleese Development operates four in the township already, but with the roadway that poses a risk for westbound drivers on 82.

Pegg opposed the well in a letter to the ODNR saying he wants time to widen the road and add a turning lane that would better ensure safety for drivers.

"We're working with what we can work with and trying to be as transparent with everyone as we can," Pegg says.

The ODNR issued two permits to the Warren-based Kleese Developments in May for the injection wells that would take brine and other drilling waste.

The well in question is permitted 200 feet north of Warren Sharon Road and 200 feet west of Sodom Hutchings.

Pegg says there is potential for a major accident to occur when a convoy of brine-hauling trucks turns left onto Warner from 82 and cars are traveling west on 82.

He says there is also potential danger for eastbound traffic on 82 when the convoy of trucks, he has commonly seen them traveling in groups of five, because the last trucks would be stopped in flowing traffic as the first trucks attempt to turn.

A study done in the township suggests the need for the extra lanes, but funding for that project would not be available for a couple years, Pegg says.

In the meantime, the trustees have taken a neutral stance on whether or not injection wells should be allowed in the township.

Pegg stresses that townships have no authority to deny or delay wells so they are focusing on keeping the public safe where they can.

"What we're trying hard to do is work within the parameters of the law," Pegg says.

The township has addressed the road concerns with the Ohio Department of Transportation.

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