D&L Energy hearing delayed

YOUNGSTOWN – A state hearing to determine whether a Youngstown-based oilfield waste company should be permitted to temporarily continue operation was delayed Friday due to a technicality.

D&L Energy, 2761 Salt Springs Road, was set to argue Friday before the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission that suspension of the company’s licenses should be delayed until the case can be heard on its merits. The hearing did not go forward in Columbus, however, because the commission lacked a quorum after a commission member recused himself due to a conflict of interest dealing with a partner in his law firm, said Linda Osterman the commission’s director.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources in February revoked all of D&L Energy’s permits to operate oilfield waste injection wells after then-company president Ben Lupo, 62 of Poland, was implicated in an illegal dumping incident with another company under Lupo’s ownership. Since then, Lupo has resigned all his roles with D&L Energy, turning his interests over to his wife, Holly Serensky Lupo.

Osterman said the hearing will be rescheduled. In addition, a hearing on the merits of the case is scheduled for May 22 and 23 in Columbus.