A settlement worth $875,000 to amend for oil spills in Utah was reached between Chevron Pipe Line Company and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday.
According to an EPA press release, Chevron agreed to pay the amount for their violations of the Clean Water Act. Two violations were accounted for, one incident associated with Red Butte Creek and another with the Willard Bay area.
The Red Butte Creek spill occurred on June 11, 2010. Approximately 800 barrels of oil spilled into the creek and headed downstream to Liberty Lake in downtown Salt Lake City. The Lake was closed for nearly a year thereafter. Clean up was directed by Chevron and two thirds of the 800 barrels of oil within the first week of the accident.
The second incident in which Chevron is paying for involved diesel fuel rather than oil. On March 18, 2013 nearly 500 barrels of diesel fuel spilled into wetlands neighboring the Willard Bay area, a reservoir connected to the Great Salt Lake, and other local surface water. Soil contamination was also a factor in the spill. Willard Bay State Park was temporarily closed while cleanup ensued.
As stated in the EPA press release, the civil penalty of $875,000 will be deposited into the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, a fund used by federal agencies to respond to oil spills. This means the money will not remain in the state but rather is put into an account for future oil spill cleanups nationwide. Utah has settled monetarily with Chevron last year for the spills. In December 2013, Utah received nearly $4.5 million for mitigation projects involving the Willard Bay incident. In addition, Chevron was fined over $426,000 for the Red Butte Creek incident and spent nearly $43 million in restoration efforts.