Tuesday, 6 September 2011

$4.5m Settlement For Chevron In Red Butte Spill

Chevron has reached a $4.5 million settlement with the State of Utah and Salt Lake City following the Red Butte oil spill(s)*. Jeremiah Stettler, reporting for the Tribune, writes on how this is to be distributed:

• $3 million for continued mitigation efforts to restore and improve the affected waterway. 
• $1 million to the city to settle any claims arising from environmental and social impacts.  
• $500,000 as a civil penalty to the state.

. That's not much, considering the continued impact from the spill (as Amy O'Donaghue from the D-News summarizes):

The June 11 breach of the Chevron pipeline near Red Butte Creek impacted dozens of adjacent homeowners, forced the closure of the pond at Liberty Park and sent some oil into the Jordan River, already listed as one of the nation's most imperiled rivers because of pollution. Around-the-clock cleanup efforts began after the spill was first reported, and an investigation by the federal Office of Pipeline Safety is continuing. Chevron officials say they expect to complete excavation work at the spill site near Red Butte Gardens this week. To date, more than 1,000 tons of soil has been moved.

* - The fact that there were apparently two Chevron spills in SLC is news to me, and an indicator at how weird and selective local issue coverage is.

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