Tuesday, November 6, 2012

UPDATED: Patriot Water Files Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Against State Agency

UPDATE:

Patriot Water Treatment has now filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  From the Akron Beacon Journal:
Patriot Water Treatment has fired the next volley in its feud with state regulators by filing a multimillion- dollar lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Patriot filed suit last Friday in Court of Claims of Ohio in Columbus for the agency’s alleged “concealment and destruction of public documents.”
Patriot seeks $3.5 million in damages and attorney fees.
Patriot’s operations were shut down for three months starting April 1, based on an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency order that denied the permit for the city of Warren to receive water from Patriot. The decision was based on new reading of the state’s laws regarding all water from oil and gas drilling operations by ODNR.
Patriot remained closed until the state’s Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission made a disputed ruling in July, which Patriot, ODNR and the Ohio EPA claimed supported their ideas.
Read about this, the newest development in this ongoing battle, here.

Original post (11/1/12):

We have previously reported on the ongoing legal fight between Patriot Water Treatment and multiple state agencies here and here.

The battle is not over.

From the Youngstown Vindicator:
Chris Abbruzzese, Ohio EPA communications director, said his office expects that all parties are honoring a July Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission decision. 
The OEPA, however, disagreed with the city of Warren and Patriot on the meaning of the ERAC decision. 
Warren and Patriot believed the ruling gives them the right to restart operations, while the OEPA says the city’s water treatment plant still cannot receive any brine from the company.
Read the rest of the article detailing the continuing saga here.

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