Oil spill near Davis, OK

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email

MURRAY COUNTY, Okla. -- A Murray County couple is outraged after thick, black oil oozes out of a tank overnight and into a woman's catfish pond. They say it is a case of environmental irresponsibility.

When Pebbles Minyon woke up Monday morning, she never expected to see crude oil flowing down her driveway and into her pond.

Ms. Minyon saw the oil when she looked out her window Monday morning. She and her husband have been involved in a legal battle for years with Stone River Energy, the company who owns the oil tanks on her land. Stone River has the mineral rights, and the Minyans say that company has been negligent in maintaining their equipment.

We found court papers dating back to 2006. The Minyans say this is just the latest incident involving leaks and discharges on their land ranging from crude oil to salt water.

"I feel like I have no rights as a landowner. I mean we've turned in complaints, we've called the corporation commission, we have this ongoing suit, and you know, nothing… we can't get anything done."

"I just want my land to be cleaned up, and I want the leaks to be stopped," Ms. Minyan said.

The noxious fumes of petroleum could be detected from the road.

Representatives from the oil company say they have no idea how that spill could have happened but said that shoddy equipment was not a factor.


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  • by mee on Apr 3, 2009 at 08:12 PM
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  • by Anonymous Location: Murray County on May 6, 2008 at 04:40 PM
    Just so everyone knows Stone River has not done what they agreed to do and they have not settled any deal. Maybe they just wanted to get channel 12 news out of the picture and make themselves look like good ol boys. Maybe channel 12 news needs to call the Minyen's for an update on this story. Channel 9 news interviewed a woman near Allen OK that is also having her land abused by an oil company. Maybe if enough citizens and land owners step up and talk about all the abuse SOMETHING MIGHT HAPPEN to correct the so called rules of the OK Corp Commission. Drive by the Minyen land and look how the OK Corp Commission allowed them to pile the oily dirt on the fence row to run off on the Minyen land when it rains. Thought there were rules that oil spills had to be hauled off and disposed of properly. Why should one company have to pay but Stone River gets by with half doing a job????? Come on channel 12 get involved and help land owners. Channel 12 is the only reason is got cleaned up.
  • by bla ha Location: okla on Apr 26, 2008 at 10:27 PM
    logan you are an idiot, do you drive a car ? or do you ride a horse to work .you are one spoiled american that thinks all oil workers should work for free to let you ride your lux vehicle, you think its so easy, come to work me, you sure dont have a clue, get some education before shooting off at the mouth you are as idiotic as minyen
  • by Tom Location: oil field on Apr 24, 2008 at 07:39 PM
    Most people are clueless whats happening around areas like Davis, Ratliff City, Fox, Healdton, etc.. A lot of wells (pump jacks) are converted into injection wells or disposal wells, the produced water (salt water) that comes from all the producing wells has to go somewhere. Most oil wells produce a lot of salt water, salt water will kill trees, fish, whatever, plus there are other toxic material also. The salt water and other material is injected back into the formation at high pressure, and some of the old well have bad casing or the formation has blown out and the salt water is going who knows where. Its only a matter of time before most of the drinking water will become toxic, it might be a good idea to get your water tested a few times a year. An oil spill is easy to clean up, easy to see, there are products that can be put on oil to break it down. The radio said today on cnbc that oil will be at $200 - $230 a barrel in four years, how bad will it be then. I love my truck and oil
  • by leith on Apr 24, 2008 at 02:10 PM
    that funny redneck women lol
  • by Redneck Woman Location: Sherman on Apr 23, 2008 at 12:29 PM
    MA! My catfish tastes funny!
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Apr 23, 2008 at 10:46 AM
    Leith - put down the crack pipe and step away from the keyboard.
  • by Hillbilly Location: Beverly Hills on Apr 23, 2008 at 02:24 AM
    Old Uncle Jed, he was shootin at some food and up from the ground come a bubblin crude. Oil that is...black gold...Texas Tea. $120 a barrel baby! I'd be scooping it up.
  • by Another Interested Person Location: Sulphur on Apr 23, 2008 at 02:17 AM
    I have known the Minyens for over 25 years. Trish, Both the Minyens have paying jobs. Shelly, Never knew of either of them living "high on the Hog."
  • by leith Location: Denison on Apr 22, 2008 at 10:31 PM
    For the person in ardmore you need to comprehend what u read. Ok let me walk u through about half way down i stated bush raises prices i then corrected my self if you had a 1st grade education u might have been able to read it but we forgive u for not be able to. And for all you others u need too read just a tad bit more. LOL people are getting goofy now days. It all comes down to they need to clean up their own mess end of story. Plus all the SMART people lol yeah right dont know what they are talking about Bush has stock stock means money higher prices more stock in return u have more money. Never mind not wasting my time ardmore wont understand. Also if you read the story she has been battling with them for years. I agree with you henry. Oh yeah mork no im not go back to school.
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