Ohio man suspected of illegally dumping drilling waste
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — A northeast Ohio man charged with violating the federal Clean Water Act is suspected of having an employee repeatedly dump gas-drilling wastewater into a storm sewer, federal prosecutors said on Thursday.
Hardrock Excavating LLC owner Ben Lupo, of Poland, Ohio, appeared in court and pleaded not guilty, U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach said.
Lupo, 62, faces up to three years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a year of supervised release if convicted.
Authorities allege Lupo repeatedly directed that unknown amounts of drilling mud and brine be discharged into a sewer that empties into the Mahoning River watershed.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Lion cubs jump hurdles in Gaza Strip in journey to Jordan sanctuary
- Santorum charter flight tab broke $400K
- Solar-powered plane crosses Pacific Ocean
- Diebold, heirs of Prohibition agent Ness squabble over stock find
- Ohio got DEA approval to import lethal-injection drugs
- Hiring freeze, budget cuts put West Virginia on better footing
- Northwest wildfire season begins early
- Catholic bishops pressure presidential candidates
- Advocate pushes IRS on nonprofits’ tax forms
- Suspect in San Francisco pier shooting was deported 5 times, federal authorities say
- Lawsuit in deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona yields little cash