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Attorney recommends D&L fight to resume operations

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The attorney representing D&L Energy says he will recommend that the company continue a legal battle to re-instate permits for injection wells.

The Ohio Oil and Gas Commission last week upheld a decision by the Chief of the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management to revoke permits for D&L Energy's six saltwater injection wells, and ordered the company  to cease temporary storage operations at its facility  on Salt Springs Road. 

D&L's permits were revoked after company  owner Ben Lupo allegedly  admitted ordering an employee to pour drilling waste into a Youngstown storm drain.

Michael Cyphert, who is representing D&L in the case, tells 21 news he'll recommend to company officials that they file an appeal of the Oil and Gas Commission's decision in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

Attorney Cyphert told 21 News that the Oil and Gas Commission's decision failed to recognize that the dumping allegations against Lupo have nothing to do with D&L's ability to operate injection wells.

Cyphert said he would not seek a stay on the Oil and Gas Commission's ruling, but instead seek an expedited decision from the court.

D&L has thirty days from Friday's decision to file its appeal.

 Ben Lupo and a former employee have been indicted on charges that they  violated the  Federal Clean Water Act.

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