Fines And Jail Time Follow Dumping Fracking Wastewater In Violation Of The Clean Water Act

An Ohio federal judge sentenced the former owner of an oil and gas services contractor to 28 months in jail and ordered him to pay a $25,000 fine for dumping fracking wastewater in violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA).  The defendant had pled guilty to one count of making an unpermitted discharge for ordering an employee to discharge the fracking wastewater more than 30 times over a three-month period at a facility in Youngstown, Ohio, which had fifty-eight 20,000-gallon tanks of the wastewater.  The defendant had faced the potential maximum of three years in prison and more than $1 million in fines.  The employee, who had also previously pled guilty, received three years’ probation at his March sentencing.


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