Youngstown Business Dumped >200K Gal of Untreated Wastewater

The case of a company dumping shale drilling wastewater down a sewer drain in Youngstown, OH—wastewater that has made it’s way to the Mahoning River—keeps getting worse. The owner of Hardrock Excavating (part of D&L Energy) says he thought he was “doing the right thing” by having his employees dump the wastewater at nighttime—to prevent an uproar. Little did he know the uproar he would create.

The owner, Ben Lupo, now admits his company dumped wastewater on at least six occasions, meaning the amount of untreated wastewater entering the water system in the Youngstown area exceeded 200,000 gallons—not the previously reported 40,000 gallons.

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