YOUNGSTOWN — Ben Lupo’s legal troubles are mounting.
A contractor is suing two of his companies for a combined total of $23,543 in allegedly unpaid bills for the hauling of brine and other materials from and to oil and gas well drilling sites between Sept. 26, 2011, and Aug. 14, 2012.
The suit was filed today by the hauler, Bessemer Concrete LLC of Petersburg, against Petroflow Inc., which was billed $21,993, and for which Lupo is listed as the statutory agent, and against Hardrock Excavating LLC, which was billed $1,550, and for which Susan Faith is listed as the statutory agent.
The address of both companies is 2761 Salt Springs Road, which is Lupo’s office address.
That address is also the site of the alleged intentional night-time discharge of brine and oil-based drilling mud into a storm sewer flowing into a Mahoning River tributary on Jan. 31.
Lupo faces a federal criminal charge of violating the Clean Water Act stemming from that spill. Lupo, 62, of Poland, has pleaded innocent to that charge.
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