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Friday, August 08, 2014

The owner of a Youngstown, Ohio, oil-and-gas-drilling company was sentenced Tuesday to 28 months in prison for ordering employees to secretly dump tens of thousands of gallons of fracking waste into a tributary of the Mahoning River. U.S. District Judge Donald Nugent also fined Benedict Lupo, 64, of suburban Poland $25,000. Officials found the creek "void of life," prosecutor Brad Beeson said. "Even the most pollution-tolerant organisms, such as nymphs and cadis flies, were not present," Beeson wrote in court documents. "The creek was essentially dead."

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Not a bad start.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2014-08-07 10:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

I can't believe they threw this Job Creator in jail. Doesn't this judge understand that this is all the EPA's fault for creating those stupid regulations in the first place?

#2 | Posted by schmanch at 2014-08-08 08:57 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

$25,000 fine? is that all? If indeed this was really as destructive to the environment as they claim, this guy and his company should be footing the entire cleanup bill and a hefty fine(no measly $25k). And no weaseling out of it by closing or changing the company name. It's men like this we can really do without unless he can truly change his destructive habits, but he'd have to prove it.

#3 | Posted by Daniel at 2014-08-08 09:26 AM | Reply | Flag:

And to add to #3, jail time only if he doesn't pay. I want him working to pay off his newly acquired debt.

#4 | Posted by Daniel at 2014-08-08 09:28 AM | Reply | Flag:

Daniel - if you don't actually put a "personal cost" ie., sleeping in a cell, into the picture, fines are simply a cost of doing business,and a tax deductible one at that.

#5 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-08-08 10:53 AM | Reply | Flag:

President Paul doesn't think we should fine or jail them at all, since the EPA needs to be eliminated. Consumers should just respond by boycotting that company's natural gas. As to how you boycott a specific producer's natural gas - great question.

#6 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-08-08 11:37 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Offer him parole if he can drink a gallon of his fracking waste and live 30 days...

#7 | Posted by catdog at 2014-08-08 02:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

The wastewater was a byproduct of Lupo's hydraulic fracturing operations -- commonly known as "fracking" -- consisting of saltwater brine and a slurry of toxic oil-based drilling mud, containing benzene, toluene and other hazardous pollutants.

#8 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-08-09 12:11 AM | Reply | Flag:

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