Ohio EPA sets hearing on Michindoh Aquifer project

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – A controversial plan to tap into a northwest Ohio aquifer that also serves communities in northeast Indiana and part of Michigan is headed to a key hearing.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will take input on the Michindoh Aquifer proposal at that meeting and via mail, as well.

At issue: An effort by a private company to drill into the aquifer and redirect some of its water to communities near Toledo.

Groups opposed to the plan say it threatens the long-term viability of the primary water supply for other towns and cities. They have rallied in opposition to the idea, which is led by Ed Kidston, who owns the company and also serves as mayor of Pioneer, Ohio.

The State of Ohio has already received an application to drill, and officials say they will issue what they are calling a “draft well site approval.”

The hearing will take place at 6 p.m. on March 12 at Fayette Local School, 400 E. Gamble Road, Fayette, Ohio.

Written comments may be submitted at the public information session or mailed to Ohio EPA, Division of Drinking and Ground Waters, Attn: Craig Smith, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049. All comments received on or before 5 p.m. on March 15 will be considered.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley

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