Crews contain 100-barrel Salt Lake City oil spill

Dec 2 2010 - 10:11am

SALT LAKE CITY -- A fire official says a quick response and freezing temperatures helped contain an oil spill in Salt Lake City.Fire Capt. Michael Harp said firefighters and hazardous materials teams quickly deployed oil-absorbing booms and built earthen dams after Chevron reported the leak about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The 100-barrel spill overflowed into the parking area near the entrance of Red Butte Gardens and approached nearby Red Butte Creek before it was stopped.

Harp tells the Salt Lake Tribune the leak occurred in a pipeline valve structure, and none of the oil appeared to have reached the creek near the University of Utah.

Harp says city and Chevron officials planned a news conference Thursday morning at the Salt Lake City-County Building.


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