A Cortland man pleaded guilty this morning to charges that he polluted the Ohio waterways when he dumped oilfield brine and crude into a storm sewer on several occasions.
Michael Guesman, 34, of Cortland, entered the guilty plea to one count of violating the federal Clean Water Act this morning before U.S. District Court Judge Donald Nugent in Cleveland.
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 waste liquids stored on the property into the nearby stormwater drain.
Guesman has not yet been sentenced.
Lupo and Hardrock Excavating also are facing the same criminal charge. Their federal criminal cases still are pending.
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