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May 29, 2014

One year after raid, silence

Ex-Minuteman workers still being interviewed, sources say

MILTON — Brian Bolus has been left in the dark on whether he will face criminal charges exactly one year after his business, Minuteman Environmental Services, was raided by state and federal officials.

Or, at least the public has been left in the dark.

Bolus has not commented publicly on the raid even after numerous attempts to contact the Minuteman president.

Since that time, Bolus has filed for bankruptcy protection for Minuteman Spill Response, but wrote in a statement that his business operations will continue with a bright future ahead.

However, Bolus can’t be too sure of that prediction, because as recently as a few weeks ago, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane said the investigation into Minuteman was ongoing. But her office has also been mostly mum on the probe.

However, sources close to the investigation have said state and federal officials are still interviewing potential witnesses and former employees of Bolus.

“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,” Bolus wrote in April. “We look forward to continuing to do so for many more years.”

Bolus said in written statements that the bankruptcy filing was necessary to deal with legal issues involving a creditor.

Regardless of any talk that Minuteman is struggling, the company is doing well, he wrote.

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

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

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 operations 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 of 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.

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.

There have been no arrests in the open case.

Four months later, Minuteman received the Central Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Business of the Year Award.

And then in May 2013, fewer than two months after receiving the chamber award, investigators from various agencies swarmed Minuteman’s offices in the Milton Industrial Park, carting out boxes of evidence, but saying little about why they were there. Now, 365 days later, Minuteman continues to operate and the public is no closer to knowing what, if anything, went on inside the walls of the Milton Industrial Park business.

 

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