Pa. firm charged in drilling waste disposal case

Friday, June 6, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania attorney general's office has announced charges against a north-central Pennsylvania waste cleanup firm accused of improper disposal of natural gas drilling waste.

Prosecutors said Friday that Minuteman Environmental Services of Milton and owner Brian Bolus had been charged in Union County with unlawful conduct, while Bolus is also facing conspiracy charges. He didn't immediately respond to a telephone message left with a Minuteman receptionist.

Witnesses alleged to a grand jury that in incidents between 2010 and 2013, employees washed out trucks or equipment containing drilling waste water, mud or cuttings onto the ground at company properties in Harrisburg and Milton. Prosecutors say it they have evidence it drained into a small waterway by the Harrisburg property.

State environmental regulators said they hadn't issued permits for the activity.

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