Owner of closed Mich. petroleum supplier charged

By: The Associated Press. Email
By: The Associated Press. Email

SAGINAW, Mich. The owner of a closed Michigan petroleum supplier has been charged with using storage tanks after they were red-tagged by the state.

Barry Marlow pleaded not guilty earlier this week to four counts of violating underground storage tank laws in Saginaw County. A hearing is scheduled for Nov. 7.

Authorities are investigating the closure of Miles Petroleum Co. of Merrill. Customers who received discounts for buying prepaid fuel could lose $2 million to $3 million because of the shutdown.

Marlow's attorney told MLive.com for a story Friday some liquids were stored for a short time in a tank the government alleges should not have been used. He says the situation has been fixed.

If Marlow is convicted, he could face up to six months in jail and fines.

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