US Chevron to resume use of Utah pipeline following repairs

03 May 2013 23:08  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Chevron has repaired its oil pipeline near Willard Bay State Park in Utah and plans to resume use of it at a reduced capacity on Saturday, the US oil giant said on Friday.

Chevron spokesperson Gareth Johnstone said hydrostatic testing of the line was successful following work to repair the line, which had been shut down since an 18 March fuel spill.

Approximately 600 bbl of fuel spilled from the pipeline, state authorities have said.

Chevron has received permission from the US Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to place the line back in service, Johnstone said.

According to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the spill affected shallow groundwater, soil, plant and animal life in the state park, 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 has said.

In April, the Utah DEQ has issued a violation notice and compliance order in regard to the spill. By Utah law, Chevron must submit a response to the compliance order by mid-June, after which the state can determine whether it will fine the company.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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