YOUNGSTOWN - A Cortland man accused of dumping oilfield brine and crude into a storm sewer leading to hundreds of thousands of dollars in cleanup costs, could plead guilty in federal court Thursday.
Michael Guesman, 34, of Cortland, is facing one count of violating the federal Clean Water Act. A court docket indicates a hearing is set for Thursday morning in which Guesman will change his plea. He earlier had pleaded innocent.
Guesman had worked for Hardrock Excavating in Youngstown when he was ordered by his then-boss, company owner Benedict W. Lupo, 62, of Poland to empty some of the waste liquids stored on the property into the nearby stormwater drain using a hose. He was told to "conduct this activity only after no one else was at the facility and after dark," according to the court document.
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