2 Busted for Fires, Causing Oil Spill

Monday, June 5, 2017 @ 06:06 PM gHale


Two Oklahoma men are under arrest in connection to an oil spill investigation, Major County Sherriff’s officials said.

Deputies say the incident occurred May 15, and after a three-week investigation, Joshua England, 20, and Dakota Gray, 26, ended up arrested and charged, accused of having plans to carry out “as much destruction as possible” to the Major County landscape, officials said.

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Officials say a third juvenile suspect was a part of the incident, but has not been charged at this time. 

England, Gray and the male juvenile intentionally set numerous hay bales on fire at two different locations, said Major County deputies. The three later went to a rural oil lease road near Fairview, where they took turns opening valves to four tank batteries, to release a massive amount of oil and salt water on the ground.

Officials report that over 350 barrels of oil released over four well sites, and approximately 80 barrels of salt water, causing more than $500,000 in damages.

England was booked into the Major County Jail shortly after 6:30 p.m. Friday. He faces charges of felony taking oil, gas, or gasoline; 2 counts of arson in the third degree; burglary in the second degree; contributing to the delinquency of a minor; damage to a critical infrastructure facility, and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Gray, who was already in the Major County Jail on Thursday for different charges, ended up charged in this case with felony taking oil, gas, or gasoline; two counts of arson in the third degree; burglary in the second degree; contributing to the delinquency of a minor; damage to a critical infrastructure facility, and conspiracy to commit a felony.



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