Mysterious Substance Leaking Into Water
A substance is leaking into a McDowell County creek and state and local officials have yet to pinpoint what it is.
A leak began in the creek running beneath Marion's East Court Street along Branch Street sometime Friday night, officials believe.
Homeowners that live across the street called the city early Friday to report a strong Kerosene smell coming from the creek.
Emergency Management Director Terry Young said the water in the area outside a culvert running underneath Court Street was red - signaling Kerosene was in the water.
But Tuesday the substance was no longer red, but white, with a less pungent Kerosene odor.
Authorities have contained the leak with white absorbant booms placed at various spots along the creek, which is a tributary to Lake James.
Young says the city contacted DENR Friday. The state says they have not been able to pinpoint the source of the leak, nor the substance - which is now clear - that continues to leak.
Marion Oil, which sits next to the creek and sells Kerosene says its tanks and pipelines are above ground and they investigated and were unable to find any leaks.
Young says the county will continue to monitor and contain the leak, and right now it is not a combustible area or dangerous to humans.
State officials continue to search for the cause.