Battle Brewing in PA Between Environmental Services Company and Attorney General
From PennLive.com (read the whole article by clicking here):
The grand jury presentment that resulted in charges against Minuteman and Brian Bolus, its owner-president, states in relation to the Lower Swatara Township property:
A hazardous material spill supervisor who worked for Minuteman until July 2012, told investigators he observed numerous roll-off boxes and trucks containing waste water, mud and cuttings from Marcellus Shale natural gas well sites being washed in the truck bay area and parking lot of the facility.
Tests of samples DEP took from storm drains revealed high levels of petroleum hydrocarbons that are indicative of oil waste being dumped on the ground.
Storm drains and a corrugated pipe led directly to an unnamed stream along the Minuteman property that is a tributary of Laurel Run.
Roll-off boxes regularly stored on along the northwest corner of the property would regularly leak and drums containing acid and petroleum waste from natural gas drilling sites were stored in a building.
A hazmat spill supervisor told investigators on one occasion he tested waste from inside a truck and found the radioactive level was well above the acceptable level.The various charges being brought against Minuteman are enough to cause the company serious problems. But the company is not taking it laying down. Here is its strongly worded press release responding to the charges:
For almost two years, the Office of Attorney General (OAG) has conducted an investigation into the business practices of Minuteman Environmental Services, Inc., a company owned and operated by Brian Bolus.
During the investigation the OAG has terrorized Mr. Bolus’ family, abused his employees, and relied on tactics which jeopardized his business. Legal action against the OAG is imminent.
Throughout this entire time, the OAG has ignored repeated offers of cooperation from Mr. Bolus, and, instead, chose to proceed without his assistance. As a result their investigation has been at best incomplete, and, at worst sloppy and intentionally one-sided. They have relied on a small group of disgruntled former employees many of whom were disciplined or dismissed from Minuteman for their poor job performance. The OAG’s witnesses represent a tiny fraction of the Company’s total work force, and presented a distorted, and, in some instances, patently false version of Minuteman’s operations. If the OAG had wanted the truth, they could easily have obtained it with a simple request; they chose not to do so. While this may have accommodated the Attorney General’s anti-fracking agenda, it has resulted in a grave injustice which the Attorney General attempts to disguise with a ridiculously large number of duplicative charges all of which are baseless and without merit.
Despite the actions of the OAG, Minuteman remains in business, and continues to provide jobs to its employees, revenue for the Commonwealth and exemplary service to the industry. None of this would be possible if the accusations of the OAG had any merit. It is unfortunate that Minuteman has become a casualty in the Attorney General’s vendetta against the oil and natural gas industry.
These false charges will be vigorously defended, and the actions of the OAG aggressively attacked.Click on the read more button to see the release from the attorney general's offense which details the charges being brought against Minuteman.
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