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Illegal Brine Dumping Renews Calls For Local Input On Drilling

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In the wake of alleged illegal wastewater dumping in Youngstown, city officials there are calling for more local oversight of oil and gas activities.

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 6:16 pm

State regulators have revoked the permits of D&L Energy Group and Hard Rock Excavating Company after reportedly catching a Hardrock employee dumping tens of thousands of drilling waste water into a storm drain. A criminal investigation is now pending.

Youngstown City Council President Tito Brown says he learned about the dumping through social media, and that local safety responders were not in the loop. The incident highlights why communities need more local control over drilling.

Brown: "We need greater local involvement and control over these issues. If there's someone in our backyard, we need to know when, where and how, as well as we need to know that we have the authority to shut them down or stop their operations anytime we think it's a safety issue to our community."

Democratic State Representative Bob Hagan has said he plans to introduce legislation that requires state regulators and emergency responders to notify local officials of any spills immediately.

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