County judge calls dumping in San Gabriel River ‘special kind of stupid’

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Barrels found dumped in the North Fork San Gabriel

BURNET COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Burnet County authorities found several aging 55-gallon barrels filled with a “resin-like substance” dumped into the North Fork San Gabriel River in August. County Judge James Oakley called the illegal dumping a “special kind of stupid.”

The dumpsite is located behind the Joppa Church at the intersection of County Roads 210 and 200 in a rural area about six miles north of Bertram. The barrels have not been tested, yet. The barrels’ contents were initially deemed “non hazardous,” Oakley said. They seemed to be filled with a hardened resin material possibly associated with fiberglass, he added.

The North Fork San Gabriel feeds Lake Georgetown and runs through the city of Georgetown. It connects to the South Fork San Gabriel, which feeds Granger Lake and beyond.

The barrels, which appear old and rusted, are being removed Tuesday by contractor TAS Environmental Services, Oakley said.

“This was a despicable act that was purposefully executed with what would appear to be malicious intent,” Oakley said in a Facebook post.

Burnet County officials notified the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and local law enforcement is actively investigating. Oakley said anybody with information can contact the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office at 512-756-8080 or Crime Stoppers 756-5477.

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