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Ohio injection well company illegally dumped 250,000 gallons of wastewater
February 12, 2013 - Ben Klein
The owner of the injection wells in Ohio that were suspected of causing earthquakes early last year has been shut down but the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for illegally dumping waste from oil and gas operations down a storm drain.
Jamison Cocklin of Vindy.com in Ohio reported last week the amount of chemicals last week at 20,000 gallons.
"Documents released by state regulators Tuesday show that Ben W. Lupo, a partner in several companies that share an address at Salt Springs Road, directed employees there to dump up to 20,000 gallons of wastewater down a storm drain."
On Tuesday David Skolnick reported that the owner of the wells had dumped at least six times totalling at least 250,000 gallons of brine.
"Ben W. Lupo, owner of D&L Energy and Hardrock Excavating, admitted he ordered employees to dump drilling waste into a city storm drain at least five times before being caught Jan. 31, an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency official said.
Each time, starting in September 2012, Lupo had workers empty two 21,000-gallon tanks of brine material and oil-based mud, Kurt Kollar, on-scene coordinator for the OEPA's Division of Emergency and Remedial Response, said Monday.
That totals 252,000 gallons of waste dumped.
"That's what he's indicating," Kollar said about what Lupo told him.
Kollar made the first public statements, during a Monday meeting with city officials and the media, about a pattern of dumping by Lupo. The meeting was called by Mayor Charles Sammarone.
The revelation was made public more than a week after an anonymous tip led state investigators to discover the Jan. 31 dumping."
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