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Youngstown frac-dumping cleanup continues
Crews need to dig new manholes so equipment and men can get into the storm sewer to clean it of fracking waste
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL
and M.L. SCHULTZE


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Tim Rudell
 
A backhoe digs a 48-inch manhole so crews can scrub the inside of the storm sewer.
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Today, drivers passing by the site of a fracwater dumping incident on Youngstown’s northwest side may have seen what looked like more dumping. But, as WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports, it was all part of an Ohio EPA cleanup effort.

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Crews for the EPA and Ohio Department of Natural Resources have been working since early last week to clean-up tens of thousands of gallons of fracking fluid, drilling sludge and crude oil dumped into a storm drain on the D&L Energy property on Salt Springs Road. Crews still aren’t sure how much or exactly what was dumped, and the EPA’s Chris Abbruzzese  says figuring that out is requiring a bit of construction.

“What they’re doing today, and what I think some people have seen, is cutting open an access to get into the storm sewer, to clean it out.  It’s a confined space so they were digging out a manhole to get in there and essentially power wash the storm sewer.”

Abbruzzesesays the cleanup is likely to continue non-stop into next week.  A criminal investigation of the incident is focused on D&L and its owner Bed Lupo.  Lupo has not responded to calls for his comment, and his PR firm has now severed its ties to D&L 

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