State Takes Action In Fracking Wastewater Case

Feb 8, 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has permanently revoked the operating permits of two companies being investigated for the illegal dumping of up to 20-thousand gallons of fracking wastewater down a Youngstown municipal storm drain.

The department says workers for D&L Energy and Hardrock Excavating were seen last week dumping the wastewater into a storm sewer that empties into the Mahoning River watershed. The agency also says it's working with the state Environmental Protection Agency to contain and clean up the contamination. The companies and owner Ben Lupo say they're considering an appeal.