Ohio injection well operator fights state action
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 06:25

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio injection well operator whose owner faces federal charges of violating the Clean Water Act is seeking permission to resume operations.

D&L Energy, of Youngstown, will ask the Ohio Oil & Gas Commission on Wednesday to overturn a state order issued earlier this year. A commission decision could take months.

The order revoked D&L's existing injection permits, denied some pending ones and suspended disposal of salt water brine, including from oil and gas drilling.

Ben Lupo, owner of D&L and brine-hauling company Hardrock Excavating LLC, has pleaded not guilty to federal Clean Water Act violations. Prosecutors allege he instructed a Hardrock employee to repeatedly dump gas-drilling wastewater into a storm sewer.

A D&L well was also near the epicenter of a series of Youngstown-area earthquakes in 2011.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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