Utah governor says Chevron leak is unacceptable

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Posted: Mar 28, 2013 7:46 PM
Utah governor says Chevron leak is unacceptable

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's governor calls Chevron's latest pipeline spill unacceptable.

Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he will make certain Chevron cleans up the mess. The pipeline ruptured last week at Willard Bay State Park, spilling diesel fuel into marshes.

The leak is Chevron's third in Utah in the past three years. Another pipeline leak sent crude oil into a Salt Lake City creek in 2010. Months later, the pipeline ruptured again.

Herbert says the federal agency responsible for interstate pipelines isn't doing its job. He says Utah will step up efforts to oversee pipeline safety.

Chevron says it "regrets" the spill.

The Pipeline Hazardous Material Public Safety Administration says it ordered Chevron to ensure safety before it restarts the pipeline. Chevron was fined more than $400,000 for the two earlier pipeline spills.