Years in prison for CEO charged with dumping fracking waste? Full tanker trucks of toxic fluid released directly into storm drain — Crews monitoring for radioactivity (VIDEO)

Published: February 15th, 2013 at 12:53 pm ET


AP: A northeast Ohio man charged with violating the federal Clean Water Act is suspected of having an employee repeatedly dump gas-drilling wastewater into a storm sewer, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Hardrock Excavating LLC owner Ben Lupo […] faces up to three years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a year of supervised release if convicted.

21 News Now: Kurt Kollar, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency on-scene coordinator handling the clean-up […] says Lupo admitted to dumping two tankers full of frac fluid into a storm drain at least six times since September of 2012. Each truck holds about 21,000 gallons, so that’s approximately one-quarter-a-million gallons of oil and oilfield waste that’s made its way into a Youngstown storm drain, and a portion of the Mahoning River.

Truthout: Lupo admitted to state authorities that he ordered the initial dumping and later told investigators he ordered employees to dump the contents of a fracking waste storage tank into the storm drain on six occasions. A Hardrock Excavating employee, however, told authorities that he was aware of 20 dumping incidents since November 2012, according to the Justice Department.

Timesonline: State Rep. Bob Hagan of Youngstown, D-60, told Calkins Media that he had visited the site of the incident and the clean-up crew there told him they did not know what chemicals were in the dumped fracking wastewater. Crews also said they were testing and monitoring for radioactivity, Hagan said.

Columbus Dispatch: The brine contains spent fracking chemicals, high concentrations of salt and naturally occurring metals and radium. Radioactivity can build up in “muds” — lubricants used to help in the drilling process.

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Published: February 15th, 2013 at 12:53 pm ET


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12 comments to Years in prison for CEO charged with dumping fracking waste? Full tanker trucks of toxic fluid released directly into storm drain — Crews monitoring for radioactivity (VIDEO)

  • dosdos dosdos

    Only two things guarantied in life, birth and toxes. Three years? Make him drink the stuff…..

    • Gabe Gabe

      Absolutely agree with you that he should be made to drink it……..everyday for the entire time he is in prison and on release status. Also, he should never be allowed to have a business license again……..not anywhere in the US for any reason. That b@st@rd should be made to work for minimum wage for the rest of his life. And, if he refuses, shoot him.

  • Sol Man

    Radiation and voc's from all of the fracking fluids, along with the herbi/pesticides, will kill the planet. Period. In encouraging this to happen TPTB must hate their children and the thought of a safe future. This anti-life behavior makes NO SENSE!

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    Absolute authority, corrupts absolutely &
    Producing pollution, pollutes absolutely.

    This is why we have regulation, pollution controls and the EPA and all three are inefficient at controlling polluters. Yet the polluters cry that regulations and laws are too tough, too costly or unreasonable.

    Hope no kids played in any of that water.

  • many moons

    He should be charged with attempted murder

  • gottagetoffthegrid

    Strap that POS to a chair and make him drink a couple of gallons of it.
    Fine his company 3 years of gross revenue. If they don't have it, then make the shareholders cover it. They share in the profit, they should share in the risk.

  • ion jean ion jean

    Iodine 131 is.used as a tracer for.fracking…how they even got access to the stuff is mind blowing…people need to say no to these chemicals used

    How bout they just let this guy live underneath SFP4 for awhile with the radiopharmaceutical nuking cash freaks who sold him the stuff

    They are baby killers!

    • Gabe Gabe

      We should do to them what they do to us. Come to think of it, we should do to every crook what they have coming!!!!!!!,

  • fill er up

    sounds like they're fracking with nukes

  • fill er up

    the state dept is behind the fracking. anyone remember when ed rendell was busted sending anti frackers names to homeland security? thats where the meetings missing sign in sheets went

  • fill er up

    theres been a few instances in pa where frackers suffered debilitating head injuries on the job. they mightve saw something they shouldnt have. after all everything at the well site is top secret. thats why they have armed mercenaries at the gate.

  • fill er up

    in upstate ny frack waste is spread on the roads. nukes are good for melting snow in the winter, dontcha know?