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Drilling Dispute Sends 73 Year-Old to Jail

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It's been a turbulent few days for Bill Henningsen.

"What I'm looking for is the place I shot in the ground," he said.

A shot fired in frustration after he discovered that drilling operations had started on his land, before, he says, the contract was complete, and when he told them to stop, he didn't feel they were paying attention.

"I told him, you guys aren't taking me serious or you'd have that thing shut down and out of here, and he's standing here and I shot in the ground over there," he said.

And as coincidence would have it, the man on the receiving end of that warning shot, drove on up.

"Partner you held me at gunpoint for several minutes yesterday, said you were going to kill me, do you have?" said the man.  "I never said I was going to kill you," said Henningsen. 

"Ok, I'm guessing the sheriffs department is on it's way. I hope," said Henningsen.

Also, on hand, Lanny Woods, the owner of the drilling company.

"The surface owner got upset the fact that we're trying to drill a well," he said.

He proceeded to go over the paper trail of notifications with Mr. Henningsen.

"All the minerals in Osage County are owned by the Osage tribe, and it's all managed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and those rights really are superior to the rights at the surface cause the tribe wants you to drill wells, and uh, according to all the reg, regulations with the tribe, we did everything that we were supposed to do.," he said.

With the sheriffs department arrival, a suggestion on how to work it out.

"If we've got a problem then bring it to the council and we'll resolve the problem," said deputy Rick Laird.

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