Utah: Chevron cited for December oil spill

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality has cited Chevron for breaking five environmental laws during a December oil spill in Salt Lake City. The spill was the second in six months from a pipeline near Red Butte Creek.

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Department of Environmental Quality has cited Chevron for breaking five environmental laws during a December oil spill in Salt Lake City. The spill was the second in six months from a pipeline near Red Butte Creek.

The violation notice issued Wednesday does not levy fines. Instead, Chevron is ordered to submit a report detailing the cause of the spill and its plans to prevent future spills. They also have to prove the affected area has been cleaned up.

The Dec. 1 spill leaked 500 barrels, but the oil was stopped before reaching the creek. Oil from an 800 barrel spill in June in the same area did reach the creek. The pipeline has been shut down while an independent investigator evaluates the pipeline's safety.


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