News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Lehmans

Hennes Paynter Communications

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Environment


Indictments expand the Youngstown frac-water dumping case
Although it is now a federal case, Ohio's Attorney General says it shows why state law needs to be changed
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


Reporter
Tim Rudell
 
Federal Plaza, downtown Youngstown
Courtesy of tpr
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Federal prosecutors now have formal indictments of the driller accused of dumping thousands of gallons of  waste into Youngstown’s waterways, as well as one of his companies and one of his employees.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:00)


Ben Lupo, Hardrock Excavating, and Michael were indicted on one felony count each of violating the U.S. Clean Water Act.  Conviction could put the men in prison for three years for dumping thousands of gallons of brine and drilling sludge into the Mahoning River. 

Shortly after the indictments, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine spoke with us by cell phone.  He reiterated what he said in Youngstown two weeks ago,  when the first of the federal charges were announced: Under state law,  such crimes would be misdemeanors; and he wants the felony option for Ohio.

“We should have that tool. We should have that hammer to go against individuals who try to pollute our environment.  I would hope that the Ohio General Assembly would take a very serious look to bringing Ohio law into conformity with what the federal government has done, and give us that extra tool.”

The federal indictment claims Lupo has been involved in multiple dumping incidents since November, and that toxic chemicals like benzene were found in the waste.

Related WKSU Stories

Federal grand jury indicts Youngstown driller and his company
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Youngstown fracking water spill will take another week of cleanup
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A bipartisan bill would toughen Ohio's fracking pollution penalties
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Youngstown driller faces charges as Mahoning River cleanup continues
Friday, February 15, 2013

A Q and A with the head of the Ohio EPA about Youngstown dumping
Friday, February 15, 2013

UPDATE: Criminal charges in Youngstown dumping case are expected today
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Youngstown driller charged criminally with dumping fracking waste
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Feds and Ohio press a criminal case against alleged drilling dumper
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Seven minutes changed everything, but what changed Ashford Thompson?
He shot the guy four times in the head. I have never been that drunk or mad, and I have been through it. Shoot a guy once is bad, maybe a mistake, shoot a guy f...

First cricket farm in the U.S. opens in Youngstown
I am interested in cricket flour to replace soy flour in a low carbohydrate diet. As soon as you have cricket flour available for the average person, please le...

New process starts digesting sludge in Wooster
Awesome! When do our sewage rates decrease accordingly?

Akron's Chapel Hill Mall in foreclosure
Not a surprise. Between the shoplifting, gangs and violence that goes on up there it is no wonder that no one feels safe to shop at Chapel Hill. They have sca...

Ohio launches investigation into at least one Concept charter school
I worked at Noble Academy Cleveland as admin assistant and enrolment coordinator for 6 years, I know this is so valid and true and can provide staff names and p...

Crisis looms in filling aviation industry jobs in Ohio and the nation
I listened to this story yesterday morning on the radio and just want to add this comment. My son went to school to train as an air traffic controller, and gra...

Cuyahoga Valley National Park considers fire to fight invasives
I'm for the controlled burn. There are not enough people (myself included) who volunteer for the removal of invasive plant species. Therefore, another solution ...

Remembering Cleveland music impresario Hank LoConti
The picture here is not the original Agora. It is the old WHK studios where the Agora moved into.

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University