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Fracking Mess in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

A federal grand jury returned an indictment against the owner of an oil and gas drilling company on Thursday, February 28, 2013. Benedict Lupo, 62, of Poland, Ohio, was charged with violating the Clean Water Act by dumping more than 20,000 gallons of fracking waste into a river in Youngstown, Ohio.

Lupo’s company, Hardrock Excavating, was also charged with Clean Water Act violations as was employee, Michael Guesman. Guesman told federal agents he was acting on orders when he dumped a toxic stew of drilling mud containing saltwater, crude oil and several hazardous pollutants, including benzene and toluene, into a storm drain that emptied into a tributary of the Mahoning River, According to Climate-connection, Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine is assisting federal prosecution of the case.

The first municipal treatment plant downstream of the spill is the Beaver Falls Municipal Authority, which provides water for 17,000 customers in 22 communities in Beaver County, including Zelienople. It was not until a month after the spill that the municipal water treatment plants downstream were notified of the water contamination from the thousands of gallons of fracking wastewater and drilling mud dumped into the storm sewer by Mr. Guesman.

Health Risks from Contaminated Water

There is an ongoing investigation about the potential health risks of water contamination from fracking. Jeff Schmidt, director of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club, said, “It’s very difficult to know just how dangerous this material is because of the secrecy as to what drillers are using in the fracking process.

If you are a resident of Beaver County and have been exposed to contaminated fracking waste in your water, you may have experienced respiratory problems, headaches, nausea, itchy skin, dizziness and other ailments.

Legal Help for Victims of Hydraulic Fracturing

Hydraulic fracturing is destroying the environment and threatening the health of thousands of people. If you and your family live in Beaver County and have been exposed to contaminated fracking waste in your water, you have valuable legal rights, Please complete our online form or call (855) 880-6667 to schedule a free consultation with one of our hydraulic fracturing lawyers.