Utah Oil Spill
Chevron Cleans Utah Oil Spill, Starts Investigation
By Ben Lefebvre
Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
HOUSTON (Dow Jones)–Chevron Pipe Line Co. is completing the cleanup of a spill from its crude-oil line in Utah and has begun investigating the cause, the company said Friday.
About 100 barrels of oil spilled from the 15,000 barrel-a-day line in Salt Lake City Wednesday, local fire officials had said. That is the second spill in the same line in seven months. Last June, the line leaked about 800 barrels of crude oil into Red Butte Creek in Salt Lake City County, an accident that landed it a $423,600 fine from the U.S. Department of Transportation on Nov. 1. Chevron Pipe Line is a subsidiary of Chevron Corp. (CVX).
The line connects Chevron’s Rangely, Colo., production field to its 45,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Salt Lake City, the company said. However, production rates at the refinery haven’t been affected by the shutdown of the line because the refinery stores oil, Chevron spokesman Mickey Driver said.
Chevron could have difficulty reopening the line as local opposition mounts. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker told a local television news crew on Thursday that government officials would make “a complete assessment” of the line and shut it down “for a period of time.”
“There were a lot of tests run on this line and we obviously had another failure. This makes us very skeptical about this line being able to carry the material safely,” Becker told a local television news crew.
Becker’s office didn’t respond to requests for comment.
-By Ben Lefebvre, Dow Jones Newswires; 713-547-9201; firstname.lastname@example.org