DMB Pledges Cooperation In Dumping Dispute

Dave Matthews Band has pledged to fully cooperate with Chicago police investigating whether one of the group's tour buses dumped the contents of its septic tank into the Chicago River earlier this mon

Dave Matthews Band has pledged to fully cooperate with Chicago police investigating whether one of the group's tour buses dumped the contents of its septic tank into the Chicago River earlier this month. The driver accused of dumping the tank contends he was not involved in the incident.

"We have fully and voluntarily cooperated with the Chicago authorities since the moment we heard about the incident," reads a statement on DMB's official Web site. "We provided access to our drivers and our tour manager immediately. The band was using five different buses in Chicago at that time and we provided the license plate numbers of all of them, we provided photographs of any of the buses they requested and we offered to supply DNA evidence to determine if one of our buses was the bus involved."

More than 100 people on an architecture tour were showered with foul-smelling waste. The attorney general's office, which is suing DMB for violating state water pollution and public nuisance laws, said no one was seriously injured.

The group is standing by the driver's claim of innocence. "We have not yet seen any of the other evidence in this case, and we have a few narrow but critical questions related to what we have seen of the evidence in the media," the statement says. "We are working with the Chicago authorities to resolve these open issues as quickly as possible so this matter can be closed."

However, should the band be proved liable, it promises to "work quickly to make amends, with the people on the boat and with Chicago."

DMB's summer tour hits Marysville, Calif., tonight (Aug. 31).