Minuteman officials claim no wrongdoing, despite government raid on Milton facility
MILTON – Officials of a Northumberland County environmental cleanup company raided by federal and state agents this week claim they have done nothing wrong.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the state Department of Environmental Protection were among the agencies taking part in the Wednesday raid targeting Minuteman Environmental Services, according to the Associated Press.
The firm cleans up spills, hauls fracking waste and provides other environmental services to the natural gas drilling industry.
In a press release provided to the Sun-Gazette, company officials stated that the state attorney general’s office had been speaking to “former, disgruntled employees” of Minuteman for the past 18 months and when company officials became aware of such activity, they offered to provide any information the office wanted.
The release goes on to state that there has been no wrongdoing, and the investigation has disclosed no “credible evidence of improper conduct.”
It noted that searches were made of the home of Minuteman president Brian Bolus, Minutesman’s corporate headquarters in Milton and a branch office in Middletown.
“The searches were massive; they involved dozens of agents, some in military fatigues, and most carrying weapons. Karen Bolus, wife of Brian Bolus, was handcuffed and placed on the floor next to their 8-year-old child. At our offices, Minuteman employees were handcuffed, ordered out of the building, and forced to sit on the lawn in the heat for at least an hour. A great deal of damage was done to our offices.
“However baseless the investigation, however crude the tactics, our company continues to operate as we always have – honestly. We continue to serve our customers and care for our employees. We are deeply grateful for the many expressions of support which we have received from those with whom we do business.”
Gov. Tom Corbett visited the Milton company site in 2012. At the time he called Minuteman “an American success story.”
Brian Bolus reportedly launched the company in 1991 as a one-man operation. It has since grown to employ more than 150 people at its Milton location.