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Pa. firm charged in drilling waste disposal case

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 6, 2014 at 12:20 pm •  Published: June 6, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A north-central Pennsylvania waste cleanup firm and its owner improperly disposed of toxic natural gas drilling waste, the state attorney general's office said in charges filed Friday.

Minuteman Environmental Services and Brian Bolus, who owns the Milton-based company, were charged in Union County with unlawful conduct, while Bolus was also facing conspiracy charges, prosecutors said.

Bolus, 43, did not immediately respond to a telephone message left with a Minuteman receptionist Friday.

Witnesses told a grand jury that between 2010 and 2013, employees washed out trucks or equipment containing drilling wastewater, 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. They also say drilling waste was stored in leaking containers on company properties.

State environmental regulators said they had not issued permits for the activity.

"Brian Bolus and Minuteman blatantly exploited hard-working employees, dozens of businesses and the environment," Attorney General Kathleen Kane said in a statement.

A 48-page grand jury presentment also recommended other charges against Bolus, two related firms and his mother, father, brother, sister and father's fiancee stemming from other alleged conspiracies that do not involve environmental crimes.

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