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Northeast OH company sues ODNR
Patriot Water is suing the state for being forced to shutdown for several months. 
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A Warren company, Patriot Water Treatment, is suing the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for 3.5 million dollars.

The state banned the Warren Pollution Control Department from accepting wastewater from Patriot, resulting in the company shutting down for three months. Patriot was set up to treat the brine left over from oil and gas drilling before passing it onto Warren.

April Bott is a lawyer for Patriot Water. She says ODNR withheld and destroyed public information that would have benefited the company, which is illegal. 

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That’s a cornerstone, frankly, of public agencies and a cornerstone to public trust in state government. And I think that’s a really important point there. And Patriot is standing up and saying “we should have public trust in our public agencies.” And when you don’t, there’s a real problem – and when folks lose jobs or businesses are shut down because of public mistrust, that shouldn’t be allowed to happen. 

Bott is also saying the company lost money when it was forced to stop operations for the three-month period.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will not comment on the lawsuit and the Warren Pollution Control Department was unavailable for comment.

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