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.

Don Drumm Studios

Wayside Furniture

Metro RTA


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


Youngstown businessman Lupo will be sentenced tomorrow in frac-waste cumping
Portrayal of the man and the deed are widely different in the federal sentencing memos
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
Ohio and the federal EPA spent some $3 million cleaning up the storm sewer, stream and river.
Courtesy of M.L. SCHULTZE
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The Youngstown man accused of dumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of fracking waste into a tributary of the Mahoning River is to be sentenced tomorrow in federal court. His lawyers say he should get probation. Prosecutors say he should spend three years in prison. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on two very different views of the man and the damage he caused.

LISTEN: A deeper look at Lupo and the damage

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:21)


Benedict Lupo is 64 and has been in the drilling business for 30-plus years. His lawyer calls him a pioneer in the process known as fracking, saying that’s benefited the nation.

But this decade has not been good to Lupo. His sentencing memo says he suffers from kidney failure, hepatitis C, depression and a half dozen other ailments that affect his thinking as well as his health.

His business suffered as well in 2011 when state officials linked a series of earthquakes to a deep-injection well where he was disposing of fracking waste. Still, he kept collecting fracking fluid from drill sites, storing it in tanks on his property.

When they filled up the memo maintains Lupo didn’t want to put people out of work and acted with “his heart, not his head.” Instead, he OK’d flushing the toxic waste down the storm drain – and eventually into the Mahoning River.

A dead stream
Federal prosecutors see it differently. Their memo describes cathing an employee in the act and discovering a liquid “much like used motor oil” in the tanks. It included toluene and benzene. And 33 times over three months, tens of thousands of gallons of it had been dumped.

As an inspector followed its path, he discovered, “The creek was essentially dead.” Even the nymphs and flies that usually survive pollution were gone.

In all, the state spent $3 million on the cleanup.

 

 

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

The Black Keys guitar tech's moment in the spotlight
Nice job, Vivian. It's always nice to hear about the unsung heroes getting their due! Thank you, Chuck Johnston (Full disclosure - I'm a friend of the Carney fa...

Akron's Tuba Christmas: A resounding blast of holiday spirit
Nice piece, Vivian! Looking forward to hearing you move from flute to tuba on Saturday. Love hearing your interviews and this seemed extra special since I kno...

Cleveland Hugo Boss workers are fighting for their jobs again
Bro. Ginard; I support your effert to keep your jobs, I understand all about concesions, I was a Union offical from 1965 until 1991 and the company th...

Asian Carp control could benefit from bill passed by House, heading to the Senate
help me fight the battle against invasive carp by method of harvest

Ohio's Portman supports lifting limits on party political money
If Portman was legitimately concerned about outside groups influence on elections he would have supported the DISCLOSE act. Instead he helped block it being bro...

Study shows trade with China has cost more than 3 million U.S. jobs
I disagree with James Dorn! If we don't change the playing field and make it a fair competition the whole US industry will be weaker and weaker. Eventually all ...

Video of Cleveland police shooting a 12-year-old is critical to the investigation
While I think this is a very unfortunate, the fact is that police are trained to aim for the large mass of a human to stop them. If they aimed for the leg it w...

Wayne County teacher says he was fired for criticizing dairy
This is bull crap Smithville Schools have changed ever since the new school I'm so ashamed at the district I wish I could pick my house up and move it to anothe...

White Castle is closing its five Northeast Ohio restaurants
you should open a white castle in logan ohio.i'm pretty sure you disappointed,thank you...

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