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Lupo case called an exception

February 18, 2013

YOUNGSTOWN — With growth in the northeast Ohio oil and gas industry just starting to take off, industry and business leaders are hoping swift prosecution of environmental regulation violators will......

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Feb-18-13 8:32 PM

Again, why is he being charged with only one count?

He should be charged and prosecuted for each and every count possible.

There should be a strong statement that we, the people, will not tolerate any dicweed violating our land and water and putting the much needed industry itself at risk.

And nail the operators turning the valves on those trucks also. There is no way that they didn't know that they were doing wrong.

If we don't stand up and demand compliance to our laws with severe penalties for those who don't, we deserve the environment that we get.

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Feb-18-13 12:10 PM

Either encourage and protect whistleblowers OR prosecute, not only the top guy but, also the drivers/operators that actually opened the valves! You can't tell me that they didn't know it was wrong!

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Feb-18-13 9:47 AM

I don't think all reputable business and business men would do this. Although the punishment for Mr. Loopy the Lump should be sever and painful. His actions are disgusting and deserve the same as a person that would intentionally put poison in to a water supply for the sake of hurting a community. Put his pollution in a drum and dip him in it daily for the next couple of years.

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Feb-18-13 9:47 AM

Don't be so certain that another scumbag doesn't evolve going forward. We will always have those who feel making the most for themselves outweighs and chances that you take in breaking the law. Until a program of documentation with the strictest hands on approach is taken, we will always be at risk. Sure, they'll nail him and make an example out of him. Do you honestly think that will eliminate future greedy individuals with absolutely no ethics or morals to walk the straight line? We are only getting started with our new found fame of NG and going for forward will be a challenge with these problems. He got caught but about the others that have not? We need more strict control on the disposal from the time its loaded in these tankers. Until we have that, it's continued fair game for all of those who want to beat the system for the buck. Good luck going forward ...

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Feb-18-13 9:20 AM

You had it right the first time, Surv69. The only crime for the vultures in their greedy eyes is getting caught. Pollution is in their DNA.

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Feb-18-13 9:06 AM

Oil company's that operate within the state should be thoroughly checked out, before any permits are issued. You can take it to the bank that, he is not the only exception. There's others but they just haven't been caught yet. Anytime money is involved, there's people looking to capitalize on getting as much as they can. If it means taking shortcuts or bending or breaking the laws, they are going to try it. Until there is a check and balance system in place, there will be more down the road. A step in the right direction, would require all oil or gas drilling sites have a inspector there at all hours. Also another inspector at all dump sites, and both inspectors sign off on the load. The operators would be required to reimburse all expenses for the inspectors. Those inspectors would be hired and employed by the state, not the operators. Also all inspectors be rotated to other drill sites, either weekly or monthly. That way they don't become to chummy with the owner/operators.

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Feb-18-13 8:40 AM


I meant 1 in a hundred.

I sure hope it's not 100 in a hundred, but I'll bet it's quite a bit more than 1 in one hundred....

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Feb-18-13 8:39 AM

I'm sure that Lupo is the exception . . . but not like . . . 100 in a hundred. It's probably more prevalent in a society where the quest of the almighty dollar justifies breaking laws, breaking hearts and destroying lives and property . . . if one can get away with it.

Lupo, is somewhere between the "exception", and the "unspoken" . . . "rule".

He deserves a relatively harsh sentence for his wilful actions and forcing employees to take part in this illegal activity.

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Feb-18-13 5:16 AM

I suspect Lupo is the rule rather then the exception. These Big Gas & Oil Companies only care about one thing - MONEY! The Environment be just a casualty of the processes involved.

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Feb-18-13 3:10 AM

Protection for whistle blowers and swift prosecution of those responsible is necessary.

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Feb-18-13 2:26 AM

20 times the crime should equal 20 times the punishment. 5 million and 60 years seems to fit this situation much better than $250,000.00 and 3 years.

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