Chevron: Biting the bullet on this environmental disaster
John Hollenhorst, Nicole Gonzales And The Associated Press - KSL
- June 13, 2010
Another environmental catastrophe which is an additional peril of using crude oil!--Ed.
Emergency workers believe they have stopped a 21,000-gallon oil leak from reaching the environmentally sensitive Great Salt Lake. This news came as investigators launched a criminal investigation into the incident.
Workers spent Sunday trying to clean up close to 21,000 gallons of crude oil from Salt Lake waterways. Crews have blanketed Liberty Park and are using hoses to try to suck all the oil out of the pond.
Oil leak discovered Saturday
The leak began Friday night when an underground Chevron Corp. pipeline in the mountains near the University of Utah broke. The breach sent oil into a creek that flows through neighborhoods, into a popular Salt Lake City park, and ultimately into the Jordan River, which flows into the Great Salt Lake.
The 10-inch pipeline was shut off Saturday morning, when workers at a nearby Veterans Administration building smelled oil and called the Salt Lake City fire department, which notified Chevron. The pipe carries crude oil from western Colorado to a refinery near the Salt Lake City International Airport.
Utah Congressman Jim Matheson says an executive with Chevron Pipe Line Co. told him Sunday the company cannot determine what caused the oil leak until crews can find the broken section of pipe.... [Read More]