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State Panel Upholds Order Revoking D&L Energy Permit amid Fracking Wastewater Case

Monday, June 24, 2013 at 5:31 PM

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A state agency is upholding an order revoking the operating permit of a man accused of illegally dumping fracking wastewater into a storm sewer. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler has more.

The 26-page decision from the Oil and Gas Commission says the state’s oil and gas division chief had the authority to revoke the permits for D&L Energy, which operates injection wells near Youngstown.

Lawyers for its former owner, Ben Lupo, had said the chief did not, and also said that D&L should not be penalized for the alleged dumping of the brine into a sewer because that was done by an employee of another of Lupo’s companies—a company that was contracted to dispose of frackwater by D&L energy.

This effectively shuts down D&L Energy’s six operating wells and three more wells the company had applied for. D&L’s lawyer has recommended the company appeal to another court in Franklin County.

Meanwhile, Lupo still faces federal charges for ordering the employee to dump the wastewater into the sewer. 

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