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Newton Falls man sentenced for dumping oil and gas drilling waste

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -

The third person convicted of dumping gas and oil drilling waste that seeped into a tributary of the Mahoning River will not go to prison.

A federal judge sitting in Cleveland has placed 46-old Mark Goff of Newton Falls on probation for three years for violating the Clean Water Act. In addition, Goff must perform 300 hours of community service.

Authorities say in 2012, Goff obeyed an order from his boss Ben Lupo, and poured brine and chemicals into a storm sewer at Hardrock Excavating property on Salt Springs Road.

Goff could have faced three years in prison, and fines of $50,000 per day of violation or $250,000, whichever is larger.

63-year-old Lupo faces up to three years in prison when he is sentenced on August 5.

Another former Hardrock employee convicted of violating the Clean Water Act is on probation.

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