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A Q&A with the head of the agency that regulates drilling in Ohio
James Zehringer says there are lessons to be learned, and gaps to fill in

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M.L. Schultze
Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer answers questions about the criminal case against Ben Lupo.
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A big part of the job the Ohio Department of Natural Resources does these days is to monitor the massive expansion of oil and gas drilling in the state.

So, it fell to ODNR, along with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, to investigate allegations over the last two weeks that a Youngstown oil and gas driller has intentionally dumped drilling wastewater into the city’s storm sewers. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze spoke with Director James Zehringer about his agency’s role in a case that now includes criminal charges.


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Investigators, acting on a tip two weeks ago, found employees of a drilling company dumping fracking wastewater into the storm sewer on Youngstown’s northwest side.  ODNR revoked the company’s permits and yesterday, the owner of that company, Ben Lupo, was charged with violating the Clean Water Act. But there are allegations that this was the last of the dumping, but not the first.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer says the investigation continues:

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That’s James Zehringer of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Zehringer says the department is on schedule to hire the inspectors it needs to handle the boom in shale oil and gas drilling in Ohio.




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

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

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