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April 30, 2014

Woes after governor’s visit

Bolus praised by Corbett, mugged, raided, sued, bankrupt

MILTON — Brian Bolus said in a written statement Wednesday that although his Minuteman Spill Response company has filed for bankruptcy protection, business operations continue, with a bright future ahead.

“For 13 years, Minuteman Spill Response has provided valuable environmental services to our customers, well-paying jobs to our employees and support to the communities in which we operate,” he wrote. “We look forward to continuing to do so for many more years.”

Bolus, who declined to be interviewed Wednesday, said the bankruptcy filing was necessary to deal with legal issues involving a creditor.

The owner added that regardless of any talk that Minuteman is struggling, the company is doing fine.

“We are not going out of business. We continue to pay our bills, and we continue to make payroll,” he wrote in his statement.

“With the continued support of our valued customers, vendors and employees, we look forward to continuing our business unimpeded.”

Much has changed for Minuteman over the past two years.

In February 2012, the company was showcased during a visit by Gov. Tom Corbett as a shining example of success in Pennsylvania’s emerging energy sector.

Bolus led the governor on a tour of Minuteman’s operation and said he hoped to add about 50 employees.

Corbett labeled Minuteman “an American success story,” saying Bolus began his business in 1991 with one tow truck and now operates a fleet of 200 trucks.

Minuteman hauls and disposes fracking waste from gas-drilling sites as one part of its business.

Minuteman Spill Response had contracts with drilling companies to keep a team on-site during hydraulic fracturing, providing immediate help should an accident occur, Bolus said at the time.

Mugged in driveway

Nine months later, an unexplained incident occurred in the driveway of Bolus’ home when he was lured outside by a young woman claiming to have a flat tire. He went to the end of his half-mile-long driveway, where he was mugged, police reported. According to police reports, Bolus was struck in the head by an unknown object and treated at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.

Few details were released following that incident.

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