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A creek flowing to the Colorado River turned black. Now the state has sued the alleged polluter.

Residents near Altair began complaining that Skull Creek reeked of chemicals. The Texas attorney general's office says a local company is to blame.

Contaminated black water flows through Skull Creek and crosses over a country road downstream from Inland Environmental & Remediation, Inc., near Columbus, Texas, on April 15, 2019.
Julie Schmidt purchased 10 acres of land along Skull Creek with her husband in December of 2018. Schmidt says the odor is so bad she can smell it inside her house. April 11, 2019.
Colorado Co. Judge Ty Prause at the courthouse in Columbus, Texas on April 14, 2019.
Black plumes of contaminated water empty from Skull Creek into the Colorado River south of Columbus on April 14, 2019.
Downstream from Inland Environmental & Remediation, Inc., contaminated water empties from Skull creek into the Colorado River south of Columbus, Texas, on April 14, 2019.
Black residue on the banks of Skull Creek near Columbus on April 14, 2019.
Earthen dams separate black water (top)  from muddy water (bottom) at Inland Environmental & Remediation, Inc., south of Columbus, Texas, on April 14, 2019.
Inland Environmental & Remediation Inc. is located on Skull Creek, near Columbus, Texas. April 15, 2019.

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Colorado County Groundwater Conservation District board member Andrew Labay, who is also a fisheries biologist, near polluted water flowing in Skull Creek south of Columbus, Texas, on April 14, 2019.
Colorado County Groundwater Conservation District Board Member Andrew Labay, who is also a fisheries biologist, holds a rock covered in a black contaminant on Skull Creek near Inland Environmental & Remediation, Inc., south of Columbus, Texas on April 14, 2019.

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