ODNR revokes permits for D&L Energy Group
YOUNGSTOWN — A source inside the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil and Gas has verified that the regulatory agency will revoke the permits of D&L Energy Group.
Both D&L and ODNR are expected to release statements on the matter sometime later today.
The news comes a week after regulators with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the ODNR learned that D&L’s chief executive, Ben W. Lupo, had instructed an employee of Hard Rock Excavating, which he also owns, to dump thousands of gallons of fracking wastewater down a storm drain where both companies have their headquarters at 2761 Salt Spring Road.
A criminal investigation is under way as the waste — which included oil and brine water — made its way into the Mahoning River.
Details remain unclear for now, but if the company’s permits are revoked, it could severely restrict its business operations.
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