Fri., 9:08am: Charges allege Ohioan dumped gas drilling waste

DOVER – Federal prosecutors have charged a man with illegally dumping gas drilling waste into a tributary of the Chagrin River in northeast Ohio.

They allege 45-year-old James Hidey of Dover directed brine into a storm water sewer twice in 2008 while working for the drilling company Great Plains Exploration. A criminal information alleges the toxic waste flowed to a brook and eventually into the river.

The two-count complaint says the dumping occurred after gas wells were completed in two east Cleveland suburbs, Mayfield Heights and Highland Heights.

A message was left Friday for the attorney listed as Hidey’s federal public defender.