Utah park lake reopens after oil leak cleanup

May 11 2011 - 7:41am

SALT LAKE CITY -- Nearly a year after nearly 32,000 gallons of crude oil pooled up in a Utah city park pond, the facility is being re-opened to the public.

Salt Lake City mayor's spokesman Art Raymond says a fence around the Liberty Park lake has been removed.

The move comes 11 months after a Chevron pipeline broke, releasing oil into Red Butte Creek, Liberty Lake and the Jordan River.

The city says cleanup, remediation and restoration efforts along the creek and at the lake are complete.

Chevron crews removed and disposed of oil sediments from the pond bottom. Soils from the edge of the pond and a cement ring around the pond were also removed.

The city says recent soil tests show the lake is safe for public use.

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