Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) Volunteers from Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah carry one of five Willard Bay Beavers brought back to health to it's new home in the Uinta Mountains Tuesday August 13.
Utah OKs final $5.35 million Chevron settlement for Willard Bay spill
First Published Feb 04 2014 05:31 pm • Last Updated Feb 05 2014 10:09 am

State officials have approved a $5.35 million settlement agreement with Chevron Pipe Line Company that stems from a 27,500-gallon diesel fuel spill at Willard Bay State Park in March.

The agreement between the Division of Water Quality (DWQ), Division of Parks and Recreation and Chevron is divided into three parts.

At a glance

Share your ideas

The Utah Division of Water Quality will consider mitigation projects “that will enhance the natural environment and benefit Utah citizens” through May 5.

A two-phase process will be used to evaluate proposals and select projects for funding. Proposals must meet specified criteria and be submitted in the appropriate format. Requirements for proposals and application forms are available on DWQ’s website at www.deq.utah.gov/locations/willardbay/willardbay.htm.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

The largest total, $4.45 million, will be used for mitigation projects and includes a $719,000 credit Chevron was given for projects already completed.

Future projects at Willard Bay will be funded with $600,000 from the $4.45 million.

Walt Baker, director of the Utah Division of Water Quality, told the Tribune in December that the remaining money will be used for mitigation projects selected by his agency and could include areas not directly impacted by the spill.

Chevron will pay a civil penalty of $350,000 to DWQ, and $550,000 will go to the Department of Natural Resources and Utah State Parks for the lost use of the marina and campgrounds during the spill and the cleanup.

"We appreciate the work done by DWQ and Chevron in negotiating the settlement," Fred Hayes, director of Utah State Parks, said in prepared release. "We feel the settlement adequately addresses the problems caused by the spill."

Chevron no longer owns the pipeline that runs from Salt Lake City to Spokane, Wash.

The line running through Willard Bay State Park, and not far from Interstate 15, is now owned by Tesoro Corporation.

Chevron had previously been fined $426,600 for spills equaling 54,600 gallons on Red Butte Creek in Salt Lake City.

story continues below
story continues below

The company also spent about $43 million in cleanup and mitigation in neighborhoods and at Liberty Park.


Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.