By Bob Weaver

A barrel of toxic chemical was dumped into the headwaters of Bull River sometime Friday, killing all the aquatic life, amphibians and earthworms on the stream. DNR officer Tom Fox responded to a complaint Sunday afternoon and took samples of the spill, along with DEP inspector Mike Mills.

Fox said the substance looked like a paint thinner or some similar substance. The water is being analyzed and verification will be made.

"If there had been cattle or livestock along the headwaters, the result would have been tragic," said Fox. He said there may well have been cattle or animals downstream that ingested some of the substance. "Some solvents are carcinogens," he said.

Fox said he views the spill as serious and irresponsible. If anyone has information regarding the incident, Fox will keep all leads confidential. E-mail to:
or call 304-354-7686.

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