State officials have revoked the operating permits of two Youngstown companies suspected of illegally dumping drilling wastewater down a storm sewer. ideastream's Bill Rice reports.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Wednesday ordered the permits of D&L Energy Group and Hard rock Excavating revoked. Both companies are owned by Ben Lupo, who could face criminal and civil charges. D&L owned the injection well found to have caused a series of small earthquakes in the Youngstown area in 2011.
Lupo allegedly instructed an employee to dump the oil and wastewater mix into a storm drain that empties into the Mahoning river. State inspectors say they witnessed the act in progress after being alerted by an anonymous tip.
The Youngstown Vindicator puts the amount of waste dumped at 40-50 thousand gallons.
D&L owns numerous injection wells used to dispose of the salt, sand and chemical laced fluid used in fracking - the fracturing of rock deep underground to release oil and natural gas. Permits for all of those wells them have been revoked.