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State officials fight proposed sale of Youngstown company cited for clean water violations

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - D&L Energy is looking to sell its remaining assets in an auction next month.

Company attorneys are asking a federal bankruptcy judge to allow the sale, saying in court filings that they have already received 44 responses expressing interest in the company.

D&L Energy filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last April after its owner, Ben Lupo, and another employee allegedly dumped tens of thousands of gallons of oil field waste in a Youngstown storm drain. The company cited high cleanup costs as the reason for the bankruptcy. 

Officials from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency are objecting to the motion, saying that D&L Energy should not be able to walk away from its environmental liabilities.
 
The judge presiding over the case has yet to decide whether or not to allow the sale.
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