Willard Bay State Park

Environment & Public Lands
8:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Willard Bay Spill Money Earmarked for Eco-Projects

Sheida Hajarian and her team from Desert Water Garden want to use native plants to help heal Willard Bay after the 2013 Chevron pipeline diesel spill.
Credit Judy Fahys / KUER News

Chevron Pipe Line Co.’s cleanup crews have packed up and moved out of the Willard Bay State Park. They occupied the parking lot for much of last year after a split pipe leaked more than 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the nearby wetlands.

But, as the park’s fans plan a May 24 party to celebrate its reopening, state officials are asking for advice on how to spend a big impact fund. But there’s still more left to do.

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Environment & Public Lands
6:17 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Willard Bay Spill Settlement Finalized with Call for Expanded Mitigation Projects

Oil booms on Willard Bay in the weeks following the leaking of nearly 21,000 gallons of diesel fuel on the marshy area of the bay.
Credit Dan Bammes

A settlement in the Chevron Pipeline diesel fuel spill at Willard Bay State Park has been finalized between the company, Utah State Parks and Recreation, and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. Nearly 21,000 gallons of fuel spilled following a Chevron Pipeline Company pipe failure on March 18th, 2013. The DEQ announced Tuesday that with the Utah Water Quality Board approval, the 5-point 3 million dollar settlement becomes official.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:44 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Utah, Chevron Reach Settlement on Willard Bay Oil Spill

Dan Bammes

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.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:37 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

North Marina at Willard Bay State Park Reopens

A view of a restricted area of Willard Bay State Park after a fuel spill in March. State Park officials reopened the park to the public on Friday
Dan Bammes

After being closed for months following a fuel spill, the north marina at Willard Bay State Park is reopening to the public.    

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Environment & Public Lands
1:25 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Willard Bay North Marina Will Stay Closed Past July 4th

The ongoing cleanup at Willard Bay State Park's North Marina will keep the beach closed this holiday weekend.
Dan Bammes

The South Marina at Willard Bay State Park is open and operating, but the North Marina will remain closed through the July 4th holiday weekend.  

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-KUER News Pod
1:30 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 1, 2013

Senator Mike Lee speaks out against the common core education standards, the opening of Willard Bay state park could be delayed even more, and animal rights activists celebrate a victory in a case dealing with Utah’s so called “ag-gag” law.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:22 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Failed Pipeline Test Could Mean More Delay for Willard Bay

Absorbent booms form the last barrier to keep spilled diesel fuel out of Willard Bay
Dan Bammes

  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.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:17 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Willard Bay Cleanup Underway

Chevron incident commander Patrick Green shows reporters how diesel fuel contamination has been cleaned up in a stream leading to Willard Bay
Dan Bammes

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  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.

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