EPA official: D&L owner dumped drilling waste 6 times before getting caught

EPA official: D&L owner dumped drilling waste 6 times before getting caught

An official with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said on Monday that the embattled owner of D&L Energy and Hardrock Excavating, Ben W. Lupo, admitted to state officials that he has dumped drilling waste at least six times prior to being caught on Jan. 31.

In each instance, Kurt Kollar, an on-scene coordinator with the OEPA’s division of Emergency and Remedial Response, told The Vindicator that employees were instructed to dump 42,000 gallons of brine material and oil-based mud.

That amounts to a total of 252,000 gallons of the waste dumped at the property since September. Lupo was first caught by state regulators on Jan. 31 after they received an anonymous tip.

The early results of an ongoing criminal investigation show that Lupo directed an employee to dump a mix of oil and brine water down a storm drain at Hardrock’s headquarters at 2761 Salt Springs Road.

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