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ODNR revokes permits for D&L Energy Group



Published: Thu, February 7, 2013 @ 12:10 p.m.

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.

For the complete story, read Friday's Vindicator and Vindy.com


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