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.