Dakota Gray and Joshua England

FAIRVIEW, Okla. — Two men have been arrested and face felony charges in connection with an oil spill reported May 15, according to Major County Sheriff's Office.

Joshua England, 20, and 26-year-old Dakota Gray, both of Fairview, and a juvenile boy "planned to carry out as much destruction as possible upon the Major County landscape" on the night of May 13 and early May 14, according to a news release from Major County Sheriff's Office. 

The trio started the night of May 13 by setting a number of hay bales on fire in two locations, and then traveling to a rural oil lease road northwest of Fairview, according to the release. Then, the three opened valves to four tank batteries, releasing more than 350 barrels of oil and around 80 barrels of salt water across four well sites. 

Officials said the damage is estimated at more than $500,000. 

England was booked into Major County Jail around 6:30 p.m. Friday, and Gray already was in Major County Jail on Thursday on unrelated charges, according to officials. 

England and Gray are facing charges of felony taking oil, gas or gasoline; two counts of arson; burglary, contributing to the delinquency of a minor; damage to a critical infrastructure facility; and conspiracy to commit a felony, said Deputy Wesley Mongold. 

The juvenile boy has not yet been charged, deputies said. 

Major County Sheriff's Office worked the three-week investigation with Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Joint Terrorism Task Force, Department of Environmental Quality, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and Environmental Protection Agency, Mongold said. 

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Miller is area reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. He can be reached at rmiller@enidnews.com.

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