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Third person accused of dumping drilling waste in Youngstown

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Federal authorities have charged a third person for allegedly dumping gas and oil drilling waste that seeped into the Mahoning River.

 According to information filed in U.S. District Court, 46-year-old Mark A. Goff of Newton Falls, is charged in U.S. District Court  with one count of making an unpermitted discharge in violation of the Clean Water Act.
 
Goff was employed by Hardrock Excavating, a company on Salt Springs Road in Youngstown that  provides services to the oil and gas industry in Ohio and Pennsylvania, including the storage of brine and oil-based drilling mud. 

The Assistant U.S. Attorney says Hardrock owner Ben Lupo directed Goff to empty some of the waste liquid stored at the facility into a nearby wastewater drain on or about October 1, 2012.
 
Lupo directed Goff to conduct the activity only after no one else was at the facility and only after dark, according to the information.
 
Goff, at the direction of Lupo, allegedly emptied some of the lighter phase of the waste liquid being stored at the facility into the nearby storm water drain using a hose on numerous occasions over the next two months.
 
The last time Goff emptied some of the lighter phase of the waste liquid being stored at the facility into the drain was on or about November 12, 2012. 

In total, Goff is accused of emptying tanks at the direction of Lupo on approximately nine different nights.
 
The government gave Goff the option of waiving his right to prosecution by indictment, acknowledging that he could go to prison for more than one year. 

According to court documents, the government initiated it's case against Goff in April of last year, but the information was just unsealed on Thursday.
 
Ben Lupo has already pleaded guilty to violating the clean water act, and will be sentenced in June.

Lupo instructed another employee, Michael Guesman to discharge brine and oilfield waste into a sewer.

Guesman has been convicted and sentenced to three years probation. 

It's estimated that approximately one-quarter-a-million gallons of oil and oilfield waste that's made its way into the Mahoning River.

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