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    Pipeline company sent “armed thugs” to Cleveland County man’s home

    Documents from an eminent domain case between Plains All American Pipeline LP and Norman resident Matthew Leon Day show the pipeline company sent a process server to serve papers at Day’s home following his refusal to allow representatives to survey a portion of his property in north east Cleveland County.

    In June 2016, Plains Pipeline asked for an injunction to prevent Day from blocking access to his property. The company claimed Day was in violation of a prior agreement to access the property for the purpose of surveying land for the Red River II pipeline.

    A portion of Day’s land was eventually taken through Eminent Domain proceedings via Cleveland County.

    Day shows the initial filing against him for refusing Plains Pipeline access to survey his property.

    Day shows an initial survey of his land by Plains Pipeline. He was later cited for refusing Plains Pipeline access to his property for further surveys.

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    Day told Norman Leaks the process server arrived at his doorstep armed, looking “very rough,” and “possibly intoxicated.”

    Day said he thought the process server “appeared to be on drugs.”   According to Day, the man was carrying a fire arm and approached the property in a highly suspicious manner. He knocked on Day’s door. When he failed to disclose his identity and produce a process server license as required by law, Day asked the man to leave the property.

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    The process server persisted, ignoring Day’s requests to leave his property.  Feeling threatened, Day says he acted in self-defense. Day managed to immobilize and disarm the gun-wielding process server.

    Not long after the incident, Day found himself the target of state charges on assault and battery.

    Matthew L. Day filed a counter claim against Plains All American Pipeline LP, claiming the company harassed him and members of his family while also violating his property rights.

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    Day shows Norman Leaks one of the old growth oak trees he managed to save as Plains Pipeline was clearing easements on his property. Many more were destroyed during the construction process.

    Day shows Norman Leaks one of the old growth oak trees he managed to save as Plains Pipeline was clearing easements on his property. Many more were destroyed during the construction process.

    In September 2016, after being threatened with 90 days in jail, Day accepted a plea deal. He plead guilty on the Assault & Battery charges and was sentenced to probation.

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    Construction site near the Day property. July 2016.

    Norman Leaks has been unable to reach Day for comment since the plea deal was reached in September.

    Plains All American Pipeline is continuing construction on the Red River II line in Garvin County.  Plains Pipeline has already begun construction on another project, the Diamond Pipeline, which runs from Cushing, OK to West Memphis, Tennessee.

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