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Ben Lupo pleads guilty in the dumping of oilfield waste into Mahoning tributary

Published: Mon, March 24, 2014 @ 12:00 p.m.




Ben Lupo has pleaded guilty in the dumping of oilfield waste into a Mahoning River tributary.

Lupo entered his plea this morning before Judge Donald C. Nugent of U.S. District Court, who will sentence him June 16.

Lupo, 62, of Poland; his company, Hardrock Excavating LLC; and his employee, Michael P. Guesman, 34, of Cortland, were charged with violating the Clean Water Act.

On Thursday, Judge Nugent sentenced Guesman, who had pleaded guilty last Aug. 29, to three years’ probation and 300 hours of community service, but imposed no fine or restitution on him.

The available sentencing range for the charge is probation to three years in prison, followed by a year of supervised release, and a fine up to $250,000.

Guesman said he dumped brine and drilling mud from 20,000-gallon storage tanks on Salt Springs Road in Youngstown down a storm drain and into the tributary at Lupo’s direction on 24 nights beginning Dec. 12, 2012.


1Roger_Thornhill(1068 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Hope he gets the max prison time. Jerk!

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2billdog1(5942 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Well Guesman is just a working stiff and got really nothing for his disgusting behavior. Lupo the lump will get even less because he has money. How disgusting that people have the potential to decimate an areas water supply but only gets a whack on the wrist. I guess when they answer to the man upstairs true justice will be served.

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3isaac45(414 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

amazing this hasn't got more comments

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476Ytown(1371 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Waiting for Lupo's sentencing on June 16. Guesman was wrong but the orders came from the top. If Lupo gets anything less than the maximum sentence with is only a slap on the wrist there should be an outcry.

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5Sensible(148 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

According to eivo: Ohio EPA and a Ohio Dept. of Air Polution Control
Another waste of tax dollars!

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