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Friday, April 19, 2013

D&L Energy Creditor Talks About How Company is Trying to Skate on Illegal Dumping Consequences at His Expense

The other day we updated you on how D&L Energy, the company whose owner, Ben Lupo, illegally dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of fracking waste into a sewer drain, was now filing for bankruptcy protection because it couldn't survive under the consequences of the illegal dumping - loss of permits and cleanup costs.

As a result, several local companies which are owed money for cleanup costs are in imminent danger of having to eat the hundreds of thousands of dollars of expenses they've incurred for the cleanup, while D&L Energy skates on the costs.  Meanwhile, Lupo is accused by D&L's new CEO of diverting funds of D&L Energy into his other companies in order to avoid having to pay the companies who cleaned up his mess.

It's a story that should make anyone who reads it upset.  But imagine how you'd feel if you ran one of the companies that were called in for the cleanup effort.

One company owner who is hanging on the hook because of Lupo's actions is speaking out.

From Business Journal Daily:
Rick Glass says he's spent the bulk of his professional life building a business and furthering the reputation that his father established in 1957.
But Glass, owner of Tom's Sewer and Drain Service Inc. in Girard and Heavy Duty Industrial Services LLC in McDonald, laments he's caught up in the legal morass of D&L Energy Inc.'s bankruptcy, which could one day bury one of his companies.
"It could devastate us," Glass said. "It's a lot of money for a sewer and drain company."
Later in the article:
According to court documents, Tom's is owed $631,856, money Glass thinks his company will never recover. "We worked hard and now I'm going to eat the cost?” he says. “It's ridiculous." 
Glass's other company, Heavy Duty Industrial, is also named as a creditor and is owed $330,365.
And:
"We're taking it one day at a time," he said. "Hopefully, our customers that use our service will step up. It's a shame. He does something like this and thinks he's going to get away with it." 
Read the whole article here.

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