Injection-Well Operator Files Appeal

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A northeast Ohio injection-well operator whose former senior officer faces federal charges of violating the Clean Water Act is appealing an independent review board's decision to uphold a state agency's revocation of its permits.

Youngstown-based D&L Energy filed the appeal last week in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

Authorities allege the company's former president Ben Lupo ordered an employee to repeatedly dump gas-drilling wastewater intended for an injection well into a storm sewer.

The company has maintained that Lupo wasn't working for D&L during the alleged dumping incident and that he resigned as D&L's president and relinquished control of his ownership stake in the company after being charged.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' oil and gas chief revoked D&L's permits earlier this year and denied pending injection-well applications.