Chevron Pipeline Company has agreed to pay the state of Utah $5.35 million in the form of civil penalties, mitigation and lost use damages at the Willard Bay State Park following the oil giant’s pipeline failure last spring.
Following months of negotiations with the Utah Division of Water Quality and the Division of Utah State Parks and Recreation, a draft settlement has been reached.
John Whitehead, Assistant Director of the Division of Water Quality says Chevron has already spent $21.5 million on clean up and mitigation efforts.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a settlement with Chevron. The company has agreed to pay a $384,000 penalty for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its refinery in Salt Lake City.
Chevron had a setback this week when its pipeline near Willard Bay State Park failed a pressure test. Repair work will have to continue before the pipeline can go back into full operation.
More than 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the pipeline on March 18th. Willard Bay’s North Marina has been closed since then. Fred Hayes, the director of Utah’s Division of State Parks, says it could take longer than planned to re-open the beach and campgrounds.
A Chevron safety manager briefed reporters before taking them on a tour of the cleanup area at Willard Bay State Park on Wednesday. The Chevron pipeline next to I-15 split open in mid-March, allowing more than 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel to spill into a wetland area next to the park’s North Marina.