Drilling Down

Ohio EPA Officials to Discuss Lupo Dumping Case

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Two officials from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will discuss the impact of D&L Energy Inc.’s illegal dumping of drilling waste into a tributary of the Mahoning River.

Kurt Kollar of the Ohio EPA’s Environmental Response and Revitalization division, and Bart Ray, senior investigator at Ohio EPA’s special investigation unit, will present a lecture April 1 at 7 p.m. at Youngstown State University in Cushwa Hall Room B112.

The talk will focus on the case of Ben Lupo and his former companies, Hardrock Excavating LLC and D&L Energy.

In February 2013, Lupo and Michale Guesman, then an employee of Hardrock, were charged with violating the U.S. Clean Water Act after it was discovered that Guesman had illegally discharged contaminated water procured from drill sites into a storm sewer that flowed to a tributary of the Mahoning River.

Lupo and Guesman have since pleaded guilty to the charges. In August 2014, Lupo was sentenced to 28 months in federal prison for ordering his employee to dump the oilfield waste in the storm drain.

Kollar handled the investigation and cleanup, while Ray led the criminal investigation in the Lupo case.

The event is free and open to the public.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.