Ohio Worker Pleads Guilty To Massive Fracking Waste Dump

Law360, New York (August 30, 2013, 2:08 PM EDT) -- An employee of an Ohio oil and gas services contractor pled guilty in federal court Thursday to releasing thousands of gallons of hydraulic fracturing waste liquids down a stormwater drain and into the Mahoning River.

Hardrock Excavating LLC employee Michael Guesman admitted to discharging the toxic wastewater on numerous occasions over a three-month period from the company's Youngstown, Ohio facility, which stores 58 tanks with an approximate capacity of 20,000 gallons each.

U.S. District Judge Donald C. Nugent scheduled Guesman's sentencing for Nov. 15. Charges against Hardrock and company owner Benedict Lupo remain pending.

Federal prosecutors filed an indictment against Hardrock,...

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