Campers & Beavers Rescued from Spill

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March 20, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

A view of the beach at Willard Bay State Park in Utah.

Emergency responders on Tuesday (March 19) flocked to Chevron’s third petroleum pipeline spill in Utah in less than three years, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Willard Bay State Park officials closed down the facility on the northeastern edge of the Great Salt Lake and evacuated two campers and the park manager’s family after around 4,200 to 6,300 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from the pipeline just north of the park.

They also rescued two beavers from the contaminated area and sent one off-site for cleaning.

Chevron has 30 days to provide federal pipeline regulators with a report on what happened. Meanwhile, a variety of local, state and federal agencies will be monitoring the cleanup, any effects on water and wildlife and possible enforcement action, including fines that take into account the two 2010 spills.

In light of the north marina’s closure, Utah State Parks hopes to open the south marina by today.

Willard Bay State Park is located at the northeast end of a bay that just northeasterly from the Great Salt Lake.

Meanwhile, investigators descended upon the scene to probe what happened and why as responders scrambled to find the leak’s source.

And Chevron dispatched dozens of cleanup workers to the scene to lay down absorbent booms to sop up the diesel and contain the damage to a ditch running between Interstate 15 and the freshwater reservoir on the edge of the internationally significant Great Salt Lake marshes.

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