Shuttered D&L Injection Well Near Youngstown, OH May Reopen Soon

Coitsville Township OHGood news for Marcellus/Utica drillers. There are signs that a Youngstown, OH-area injection well that has been shuttered since 2013 will re-open. You may recall the sad story of D&L Energy, a Youngstown, OH operator of several wastewater injection wells. D&L’s owner was Ben Lupo, who also owned sister company Hardrock Excavating, operating both companies under the D&L Energy Group umbrella. In September 2012, Lupo instructed a Hardrock employee to dump untreated frack wastewater down a sewer drain that emptied into the Mahoning River. Lupo and the driver were found out in early 2013 (see Youngstown Business Dumped >200K Gal of Untreated Wastewater). The Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources (ODNR) promptly shut down both D&L Energy and Hardrock in February 2013 (see OH Wastewater Dumper D&L Energy Gets Business Death Sentence). Since that time the injection well operated by D&L in Coitsville Township has been offline. Both Lupo and the driver received prison sentences and fines for their role in this ignominious affair. D&L filed for bankruptcy and sold its assets in late 2013. The buyer of those assets, Denver-based Resource Land Holdings LLC, has “expressed interest in operating the well in the future” and has begun work at the site to reopen the well. That was enough to set off anti-drilling loonies in the region, who promptly protested at the well site…

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