US Chevron reviewing violation notice on Utah diesel spill

15 April 2013 18:26  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Chevron is reviewing a violation notice from the state of Utah in regard to a March diesel pipeline spill that state authorities say released about 600 bbl of the fuel into Willard Bay State Park, the US oil giant said on Monday.

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a violation notice and compliance order last week in regard to the 18 March spill.

Chevron has 30 days to respond to the violation notice and 60 days to tackle the compliance requirements, according to Utah law.

Any fines incurred would be levied after Chevron responds to the violation notice, the DEQ said.

Chevron spokesman Gareth Johnstone said the company is working with state officials to comply.

“We are committed to cooperating with the [DEQ] and responding to the notice in the required timeframe,” Johnstone said in an emailed statement.

Approximately 408 bbls of diesel have been recovered from the spill, the DEQ said in its violation notice.

The spill affected shallow groundwater, soil, plant and animal life in the state park, the agency said, with six beavers receiving treatment for petroleum burns.

The park’s Northern Marina and campground will remain closed for months, causing significant economic impact to the park, the DEQ said.

Last week’s violation notice is the third Chevron has received in three years.

 In June 2010 and January 2011, a pipeline leaked crude oil into Red Butte Creek near the mouth of Red Butte Canyon, the DEQ said.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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