96 S.W.2d 221 (1936)
The oil company constructed large, artificial earthen ponds to store polluted water that was generated by its oil wells. On one occasion, water escaped from the ponds. It flowed onto the landowners' property and into the water sources the landowners used to water their livestock. The landowners filed suit to recover damages for the harm caused to their property. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the oil company, concluding that the release of the water was not the result of negligence by the oil company.
The landowners argued on appeal that the oil company was strictly liable for the release.
The court disagreed, holding that the landowners were required to demonstrate negligence by the oil company in order to recover damages for the harm caused to their property.
The court affirmed the decision of the appellate court.
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