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Lupo resigns from D&L



Published: Thu, April 4, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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YOUNGSTOWN

Ben W. Lupo, the embattled founder of D&L Energy, recently charged with violating the Clean Water Act, has resigned as trustee and director of the company, handing the reins to his wife, Holly Serensky Lupo.

The revelation comes after Lupo’s lawyers filed documents with the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission, which is set to begin hearings on the state’s decision to revoke the company’s operating permits this month.

Those documents show that Lupo resigned Feb. 15.

Lupo is beset by litigation after he was charged by the federal government with violating the Clean Water Act.

On Jan. 31, he purportedly ordered an employee at Hardrock Excavating, which he owns, to dump a mixture of oil and drilling waste down a storm drain on Salt Springs Road where the company shares headquarters with D&L.

Federal and state regulators launched a criminal investigation, and already compounding legal matters grew worse for Lupo and several of his companies when the federal indictment came down; D&L and Hardrock had their operating permits pulled after the incident. Hardrock hauls drilling waste, and D&L disposes of it in injection wells around the state.

A hearing April 12 will determine whether to suspend temporarily the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ decision to revoke D&L’s permits, until a more extensive hearing on the decision takes place with the Oil and Gas Commission in May.

Lupo’s attorneys argue that D&L should not be penalized for the actions of Hardrock.


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1nipsy(133 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

This guy is the scum of the earth and every business that he has ever had anything to do with should be shut down immediately and permanently. Period!!!!

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2polhack(129 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Looks like he's putting enough distance between himself and the goose (geese) that lay the golden eggs to not crush the fowl when he goes down and thus be able to continue collecting the eggs.

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3Metz10987(145 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Lupo is a ass. He owned both compnaies in the same building and he knew what was going on at the least. His laywers should be thrown in jail too for thinking we are morons. This is one of the big reason masny people hate laywers always trying to get their client off and lie.

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4TERRAPINST(307 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Metz, metz, metz..... I guess you were never informed that lawyers are bound by the oath and constitution to defend their clients, because you see you are not guilty until PROVEN. Further this guy seems like a jerk, and if convicted of putting dirty water in clean water should be punished accordingly. However, I didn't see this much venom levied at the guy from Struthers accused of murdering his step child. Environmentalists sure are whacked out man. You defend spotted owls by spiking trees that can kill people, you protect whales buy ramming ships people are on, you assault people with animal blood who wear fur. Metz, this is why people hate environmentalists. Oh yeah and the experts thus far have said they cannot determine the damage if any Lupo's alleged dumping caused. How can you come up with a punishment if you don't know the severity of the damage? I saw Bob Hagan say he feels two years is not enough. Wonder how ol' Bob would feel after spending one weekend in jail? Two years is what you can get for felonious assault and burglary, hardly see this as the same severity.

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