Red Butte Creek Oil Spill

Public Comment on Final Closure Document Runs now through December 10 – Open House on Nov. 28 at Pingree School. Read press release here.

Red Butte Creek Oil Spill Final Closure Document - Draft for Public Comment.

Red Butte Restoration

Public meetings have been scheduled. To learn more click here.


Reroute Study of Chevron Pipeline

During the course of discussions with Chevron at the time of the clean-up phase of the Red Butte spills, Mayor Becker requested Chevron perform an analysis of rerouting the pipeline.  An initial study by Chevron concluded alternate routes posed significant problems.  Chevron then engaged independent consultant Dr. Joseph K. Berry to evaluate Chevron’s approach, procedures, assumptions and conclusions.  The independent evaluation of the reroute study is available here.


Pipeline Safety Report

On September 12, 2012, Carl Weimer of the Pipeline Safety Trust presented a report on the types of pipelines in the Salt Lake Valley and how they are regulated, operated and maintained. The report includes safety records of the pipelines, presents risks pipelines pose to public safety, and offers recommendations on what can be done to reduce public safety risks.

The report is part of a project funded by a Community Technical Assistance Grant from the U.S Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Salt Lake City applied for the grant following two Chevron pipeline spills in 2010.

To watch the presentation, click here.

To view a PDF version of the report, please click here.

Read the press release, "Public to Receive Pipeline Report Following 2010 Spills," here.

For more information, call (801) 870-1428.

Pipeline Workshops

If you missed the workshop or two-day conference, tune in here:

Workshop

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Conference Day 1 Section 1

Conference Day 1 Section 2

Conference Day 1 Section 3

Conference Day 1 Section 4

Conference Day 1 Section 5

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Conference Day 2 Section 1

Conference Day 2 Section 2

Conference Day 2 Section 3

Conference Day 2 Section 4

Conference Day 2 Section 5

PDF presentations from the March Pipeline 101 Workshops and Pipeline Safety Conference can be viewed here.

Join the discussion regarding pipeline restoration projects. Please provide us with your feedback on Open City Hall.
 


Cleanup Questions or Concerns

If you have questions, concerns, or comments, we have set up a telephone hot line at 801.535.7171. Or you can email us at oil@slcgov.com. Click here for a comment form.

Chevron’s 24/7 hotline for claims and questions is 1-(866) 718-1943.


Updates

March 8, 2012

Utah Department of Water Quality press release, re: Red Butte Creek Mitigation Projects Selected

Project Selection Details Spreadsheet

November 9, 2011

Public Health Assessmentletter to council members concerning the Public Health Assessment and a public meeting to discuss the findings on November 17, 2011.

September 6, 2011

Click here for the Chevron Settlement Key Points.

September 6, 2011

Click here for the Chevron Executed Settlement Agreement.

September 6, 2011

Click here for the 2010 Final Report.

September 6, 2011

Chevron, Salt Lake City and State Announce Proposed Agreement to Settle Oil Spill Claims
Pipe Line Company agrees to $4.5 million payout


SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City, the Utah Department of Environment Quality - Division of Water Quality and Chevron Pipe Line Company jointly announced today that an agreement has been proposed to settle claims resulting from the two crude oil spills which occurred in 2010.

Under the terms of the agreement, Chevron Pipe Line has agreed to the following payments:

$1,000,000 to Salt Lake City to settle “lost use” claims, which include environmental and social impacts

$500,000 to the State of Utah as a civil penalty arising from the two crude oil spills

$3,000,000, in lieu of a civil penalty, for mitigation projects to restore and enhance affected waterways that may have been impacted by the two crude oil spills

A 30-day comment period will be provided for the public to submit written comments to the State on the proposed settlement agreement.

While major cleanup of the spills has been completed, Chevron, Salt Lake City, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and the Salt Lake Valley Health Department continue to assess the condition of the Red Butte Creek riparian corridor and the affected portion of the Jordan River corridor.

Water quality, creek sediment, creek bank soil and aquatic organisms will all continue to be monitored to determine if any other active measures need to be taken to complete the recovery and restoration process. Chevron will continue to bear responsibility to clean up oil hotspots if they become evident.

“After substantial negotiations between the three parties, we feel this is a fair and reasonable settlement and that the mitigation projects will preserve and protect Utah’s waterways,” said Utah Division of Water Quality Director Walt Baker.

“Salt Lake City’s position has remained constant since the date of the first spill: to hold Chevron accountable for damage to the health of our City’s residents and natural environment,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker. “I am hopeful that as the requirements of the settlement and agencies are met and the assessment of the affected areas is complete, the concerns of our residentswill be satisfied and the repair and restoration of the damaged riparian corridors will be accomplished.”

Chevron Pipe Line Company President Randy Curry stated, “Chevron’s main focus during both these unfortunate incidents has been the safety of our community and response personnel. We have accepted responsibility for the cleanup and restoration activities associated with both events and are working with the State and City on those efforts. This agreement further demonstrates our commitment to the Salt Lake community to complete restoration activities and comply with all applicable regulatory requirements.”

June 23, 2011

For the most current information, click here.

February 15, 2011

Chevron Pipe Line Company Restart Plan

Because of the large file size (17 Mb), we have divided the PDF file into four parts for download (approximately 4 Mb per file):

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

February 1, 2011

Click here for the Accufacts Inc. report. Accufacts is the consulting firm hired by the City to report on the Chevron pipeline.

January 7, 2011

Additional sampling results can be found here.

December 28, 2010

Click here for the summary of air sample results for residences along Red Butte Creek.

December 15, 2010

Federal Agency Approves Chevron’s Plan to Purge Oil from Section of Pipeline
48-hour Operation to Begin Thursday as Salt Lake City Mayor Meets with Independent Expert


SALT LAKE CITY – Representatives of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration notified Mayor Ralph Becker’s office of the agency’s approval of Chevron Pipe Line’s plans to purge residual crude oil from the pipeline from the pump station at Hanna to its Salt Lake City refinery. According to communications between PHMSA and Chevron Pipe Line, the purge is part of Chevron’s implementation of the agency’s Corrective Action Order issued after the December 1 spill.

Chevron Pipe Line representatives say the purge will begin as early as Thursday, December 16, at 7 a.m. with company oversight at 23 critical points throughout the line during the 48-hour process. The purge is needed to remove the remaining oil in the line so that future work required in the Corrective Active Order can be completed. In response to the City’s request, PHMSA advised Chevron to provide appropriate coordination and communications with City first responders and administration.

After the latest oil spill, Mayor Becker announced the City’s intent to hire an independent expert to conduct an inspection and review of the Chevron pipeline and its operations. The City has hired Richard Kuprewicz, a chemical engineer and pipeline expert. Mr. Kuprewicz will be available to answer questions from the media in the Mayor’s Conference Room, Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State Street, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 16.

Kuprewicz is president of the Seattle-based consulting firm, Accufacts, Inc. and has over 37 years of experience in the energy industry. His work has focused on appropriate pipeline design and operation in areas of unique population density or of an environmentally sensitive nature.

He has led numerous independent investigations of major pipeline incidents, including analysis of a rupture near Bellingham, Wash. in 1999.

Kuprewicz is a member, representing the public interest, of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, currently a 14-member body that includes representatives from industry, government and the public.

December 9, 2010

Mayor Becker Issues Status Report on Federal Investigation of Oil Spill
Preliminary Findings Indicate Chevron Failed to Conduct Winterization Procedure


SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and City Public Utilities Director Jeff Niermeyer updated the media Thursday morning on the progress of a federal investigation into the Dec. 1 Chevron spill of some 500 barrels of crude oil on University of Utah property near Red Butte Garden.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a corrective action order to the Chevron Pipe Line Co. Wednesday evening outlining preliminary findings of cause in the incident, and stipulating requirements that must be met before the line, which carries crude oil from western Colorado to a Chevron-owned refinery in Salt Lake City, can be put back into operation.

Mayor Becker and City officials took part in a conference call Thursday with PHMSA administrators to address questions about the order and determine exactly what safety assurances accompany the oversight agency’s requests.

Mayor Becker said the corrective order addresses the concerns he raised in a Monday meeting in Washington, D.C. with the head of PHMSA, and received confirmation that information garnered through an independent evaluation of the pipeline would be reviewed by the agency.

“Federal officials tasked with oversight and enforcement of this pipeline’s operation have told us the line will not be restarted without assurances that our public and environment will be protected,” Mayor Becker said. “In addition, agency officials said they would welcome findings of our third-party investigation and take action on those issues where warranted.”

Public Utilities Director Jeff Niermeyer said the findings of the current federal investigation highlight issues that go beyond the scope of just the physical condition of the pipeline. Niermeyer said PHMSA believes that liquid left behind after a pressure test – conducted following a June leak in the same line that released over 33,000 gallons of crude oil into Red Butte Creek from a site about 500 feet from the recent incident – led to valve failure. The liquid, according to the PHMSA findings, should have been cleared in a federally-required valve winterization operation that was not conducted by Chevron’s pipeline technicians.

“While these PHMSA findings are preliminary, they illustrate failures in the operational capacity of this company,” Niermeyer said. “Our independent expert will be tasked with taking a very close look at Chevron’s operations procedures, in addition to a thorough evaluation of the pipeline itself.”

Niermeyer said his office has already begun the process of locating and vetting an expert pipeline consultant to perform independent oversight on behalf of the City.

PHMSA officials did not indicate what amount of time might be required for Chevron to meet the requirements of a pipeline restart.

A copy of the corrective action order can be viewed here.
 

December 8, 2010


U.S Department of Transportation Issues Corrective Order to Chevron
Mayor Becker Seeking Clarification on Pipeline Restart Requirements


SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker applauded the corrective action order issued to the Chevron Pipe Line Co. by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Wednesday.

Mayor Becker said he appreciated the prompt response by the federal oversight agency following the Dec. 1 release of some 500 barrels of crude oil on University of Utah property at Red Butte Garden — the second serious incident in six months.

“The language in this ruling seems to recognize the dangerous trend that has developed with the operation of this pipeline,” Mayor Becker said. “We fully expect PHMSA to withhold the restart of the pipeline until all necessary assurances have been met to protect ‘life, property, and the environment.’”

Mayor Becker will be available Thursday, December 9 for media questions at 9:30 a.m. at his office at the City and County Building.
 

December 7, 2010

Water tests confirm no threat to Red Butte Creek from second Chevron spill

Salt Lake City – Division of Water Quality (DWQ) scientists have been monitoring Red Butte Creek twice daily at several locations since last Thursday to determine if petroleum products from the second Chevron pipeline spill impacted the creek.

Trace amounts of petroleum contaminants were found in samples taken from the creek at the nearest location to the spill the day after the event. Subsequent monitoring has revealed no evidence of these trace contaminants. These trace amounts pose no threat to aquatic life or to the public from contact with the water. There is no visual evidence of the oil spill making it to the creek. However, how the contaminants got into the creek is unknown.

“We think the petroleum compounds found in the creek actually resulted from the petroleum contaminants becoming airborne and then being deposited into the stream.” said Walt Baker, director of DWQ. “The good news is that at the levels seen, they pose no risk to aquatic life or the public.”

DWQ is continuing to monitor the creek.

Results of test will be posted at: http://www.deq.utah.gov/Issues/redbuttespill/index.htm

(Click here for the State's press release in PDF format.)

Chevron Pipe Line President in Salt Lake City to Discuss Line Failure with Mayor’s Office

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker’s Chief of Staff, David Everitt, met with Chevron Pipe Line President Rebecca Roberts Monday afternoon to discuss the current status of the cleanup of approximately 21,000 gallons of oil released from a recent pipeline failure. Roberts reiterated the company’s commitment to regaining public trust and agreed that a third party investigation of the pipeline is an appropriate next step.

Representatives of Chevron are reporting that some 95 percent of the crude oil released in a Dec. 1 pipeline spill on University of Utah property near the main entrance to the Red Butte Garden outdoor amphitheatre has been recovered and the effort will soon be transitioning from reclamation to mitigation.

“The meeting with Chevron leadership today shows efforts are being focused in a constructive direction,” said Chief of Staff David Everitt. “Today’s discussion provided another opportunity to share our serious public safety concerns and dialogue with Chevron about restoring the public trust.”

Over the weekend the company also revised estimates of the volume of leaked oil and believes that a total of approximately 500 barrels escaped the pipeline, with about 250 barrels getting captured in a large valve-enclosure box and about 250 barrels spilling over that top of that structure.

Paul Fuglevand, Salt Lake City’s independent environmental consultant overseeing Chevron’s remediation efforts reported that the work conducted by the company, thus far, has been performed to industry standards.

Salt Lake City Public Utilities Director Jeff Niermeyer said Monday that the City is awaiting plans from Chevron outlining further clean-up work.

“As the last of the visible material is removed, the effort will be shifting to mitigation of contaminated areas,” Niermeyer said. “A wide variety of evaluations are underway, including testing of asphalt and concrete surfaces.”

Chevron’s plans, once submitted, will be reviewed by City officials and audited by the independent consultant. Air and water samples taken immediately following the incident are still being processed, Niermeyer said, while sampling continues at the spill site and surrounding areas.

Chevron announced that a pipeline valve assembly which they believe is the source of last week’s leak, has been removed and secured by U.S. Department of Transportation personnel and will be analyzed by a forensics laboratory.
 

December 6, 2010

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker Meets With Federal Officials on Chevron Spill
Agency Officials Say They’ll Back City Plan, but Can’t Guarantee Long-Term Closure



SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker met with the head of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration in Washington, D.C. Monday morning to discuss concerns over the recent Chevron oil spill and advocate for continued shutdown of the problem-plagued line.

PHMSA officials said the agency is ready to offer support as the City authors a plan for the future of the pipeline.

Mayor Becker said that plan will require an exhaustive review of the line, including thorough evaluation of the condition of the 60-year-old pipe and whether its current route through sensitive watershed areas is appropriate moving forward.

“We want to communicate and arrive at an approach that will give our community the safety assurances we need,” Mayor Becker said. “To that end, we will be seeking expert, independent consultation to combine with the recommendations of our local prevention work group.”

Becker said PHMSA agreed to act in an advisory capacity as the City develops a prevention plan. Development of a long-term plan for the line will enlist the efforts of the prevention work group — formed after the June spill of some 33,000 gallons of crude oil into Red Butte Creek — and a city-contracted pipeline safety expert.

Agency officials would not confirm Monday whether a continued pipeline shutdown was a possibility following completion of PHMSA’s investigation of the Dec. 1 release of approximately 21,000 gallons of crude oil that occurred 500 feet from the site of the June spill.
 

December 3, 2010

Clean-up Continues at Site of Second Chevron Oil Spill
City-contracted oversight team begins independent evaluations


SALT LAKE CITY – Clean-up efforts continued Friday at the site of Wednesday’s Chevron oil spill on University of Utah property near the entrance of the Red Butte Garden Outdoor Amphitheatre.

Salt Lake City Fire Department spokesman Capt. Michael Harp reported Friday that approximately 90 percent of the crude oil that leaked from the 10-inch Chevron pipeline had been recovered. Harp said efforts were also underway to remove contaminated soil from the site, with that work about 50 percent completed.

Air and water quality monitoring in the area also continued on Friday. While samples from nearby Red Butte Creek were still being processed, no physical evidence was present of oil contamination related to the most recent incident. Real-time air quality testing indicated hydrocarbon levels were below the threshold of short-term health hazards and laboratory testing of samples from the spill site and surrounding area is underway.

Harp said Friday that emergency personnel were completing their responsibilities at the incident site, though fire department officials will continue to maintain a nearby mobile command center.

“The speed and efficiency in our response to this incident helped to ensure that damage was contained to a relatively small area,” Harp said. “While our role as first responders ends, and Chevron Hazmat teams continue clean-up work, the department will maintain a presence at the site to monitor ongoing efforts.”

Salt Lake City Public Utilities Director Jeff Niermeyer met with federal authorities and Utah Congressman Jim Matheson Friday morning to tour the spill site and discuss initial steps in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s investigation of the incident.

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker deployed Paul Fuglevand, a principal in the Seattle-based environmental and remediation consulting firm, Dalton, Olmsted and Fuglevand, Inc. – the city’s contracted independent, third-party team of environmental experts – to begin oversight of the work being conducted by Chevron and investigators from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Fuglevand was at the spill site on Friday to begin evaluations.

“This independent oversight team is tasked with ensuring a complete and thorough investigation into this most recent incident,” Mayor Becker said. “Our foremost concern is guaranteeing public safety, both in the near-term and going forward.” The Mayor is scheduled to meet with PHMSA officials in Washington, D.C. on Monday.
 

December 2, 2010 - Chevron Pipeline Oil Spill

SALT LAKE CITY – In response to a request from Mayor Ralph Becker and the Salt Lake City Council to curtail Chevron’s pipeline operations until all safety concerns are addressed, investigators from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) have arrived. The appeal outlines the Mayor’s concerns regarding approximately 100 barrels of crude oil that were released from a 10-inch pipeline owned by Chevron Pipe Line Company – marking the second oil spill incident from the pipeline this year.

Established in 2004, PHMSA is tasked with protecting people and the environment from the risks inherent in transportation of hazardous materials by pipeline and other transport modes. Earlier, the agency levied over $400,000 in civil penalties against Chevron Pipe Line Company following an investigation of the June release of approximately 800 barrels from the same pipeline at a site about 500 feet from the latest occurrence.

Latest reports indicate that oil has not reached Red Butte Creek, however the creek was boomed as a precautionary measure and water testing is being conducted. Cleanup efforts at the scene continue with vacuum trucks, Hazmat teams, and crude oil removal from earthen berms constructed at the scene to contain the material.

Based on initial air quality monitoring at the spill site from Industrial Hygiene Inc (IHI) Environmental, the independent consultants contracted by Salt Lake City since the first spill, low vapor levels have been detected. Sensitive individuals who are experiencing discomfort or symptoms should seek medical help or call the Salt Lake Valley Health Department with questions or concerns at 801-534-4600.

The Utah Division of Water Quality – a division of Department of Environmental Quality – is currently taking water samples for further evaluation. Test results will be posted at www.slcgov.com/oilspill as soon as they are made available.

The city Ombudsperson for the oil spill, Robin Carbaugh, has been in contact with some residents affected by the previous spill and is available to hear concerns from the general public at 801-870-1428 or ombudslc@gmail.com.

Click here for a map of the December pipeline release. Click here for a map of Chevron's pipline.

MEDIA ADVISORY

December 2, 2010

Contact: Lisa Harrison Smith

c. 801-913-9748

 

Press Conference at 10 am Regarding Oil from Chevron Pipeline Spill at University of Utah

 

SALT LAKE CITY – Mayor Ralph Becker will hold a press conference this morning at 10 a.m. in the Mayor’s Office to discuss the oil spill that occurred late last evening at the University of Utah. Approximately 100 barrels of crude oil was released from a pipeline owned by Chevron Pipe Line Company near Red Butte Canyon. A Unified Incident Command has been established at the University of Utah to respond to the oil spill. The Unified Command consists of Chevron Pipe Line Company and the Salt Lake City Fire Department.  

The pipeline crosses University of Utah property and is located about 500 feet from the site of the previous spill which occurred this past June. The release occurred within a block valve vault that contained most of the material before it spilled out unto University property.

Initial evaluation shows oil did not enter Red Butte Creek, however the creek was boomed as a precautionary measure. Seven vacuum trucks are at the scene collecting the oil from earthen berms constructed at the scene to contain the material.

Based on initial air monitoring at the spill site, some vapors are present and residents with sensitivities should call the Incident Hotline 1-866-752-6340. Air Monitoring will continue and updates will be posted at the www.slcgov.com/oilspill. Residents can also call with questions or concerns to 801-535-7171. 

All federal, state, and local emergency agencies have been notified. There have been no reported injuries.

 

Who:                    Mayor Ralph Becker

                             Fire Chief Kurt Cook

                              Director of Public Utilities Jeff Niermeyer

                              Environmental Specialist Renee Zollinger

 

 Where:               Mayor’s Office - Salt Lake City & County Building

                             451 South State Street  

 

When:                  10:00 a.m.      

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Click here for the media advisory RSS feed.

 

November 8

Click here for the Liberty Park Removal Action Work Plan.

 

October 25

Click here for information regarding the Liberty Lake oil spill cleanup and annual draining.

 

September 30

Click here for the September 30 monitoring log.

September 16

Click here for the September 16 monitoring log.

August 26

Click here for the August 26 monitoring log.

U.S. Department of Transportation Response to Congressman Matheson’s Questions Regarding Red Butte Creek Oil Spill

August 23

Click here for the August 23 monitoring log.

August 12

Click here for the August 12 monitoring log.

August 5

Click here for the August 5 monitoring log.

July 29

Click here for the July 29 monitoring log.

July 20

Chevron Continues Cleanup, Remediation to Begin at Spill Site

July 16

Click here for the July 16 monitoring log.

July 15

Click here for the July 15 monitoring log.

July 14

 

Click here for the July 14 monitoring log.

Click here for the July 13 monitoring log.

Red Butte Canyon Spill Unified Command

MEDIA UPDATE #7
July 14, 2010
Media Phone Line: (801) 975-2348 or (800) 349-2459
www.redbuttecanyonspill.com


Chevron Continues Clean Up, Plans for Second Flush of Red Butte Creek

  • Round-the-clock efforts to recover residual oil from the Red Butte Canyon spill continue.
  • As part of the continued recovery efforts, crews will conduct a second water flush of Red Butte Creek on Thursday, July 15, starting at approximately 9 a.m. This includes a release of water from Red Butte Reservoir to increase the flow rate and water level of the creek. This process will help wash any residual oil from the creek banks and culvert downstream, where it will be captured by booms and collected by vacuum trucks and absorbent materials along the way.
  • Residents along the creek will notice an increase water level and flow rate that will last approximately 2 hours. The water level will be comparable to levels reached during a heavy rain storm, and could rise as much as 12 inches.
  • To ensure safety, residents – especially children – should stay away from the creek during this operation.

Red Butte Canyon Spill Unified Command is made up of the following organizations: Chevron, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Salt Lake County, Salt Lake Valley Health Department, and Salt Lake City.

 

July 13

Congressman Matheson's questions to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson regarding Red Butte Oil Spill - June 16

Congressman Matheson's questions to DOT Secretary Ray LaHood  regarding Red Butte Oil Spill - June 16

July 12

Click here for the July 12 monitoring log.

Click here for the Town Meeting agenda.

July 9

Click here for the July 9 monitoring log.

Click here for the latest media update.

Click here for the notice of the July 12 town meeting.

July 7

Click here for the July 7 monitoring log.

July 6

Click here for the July 6 monitoring log.

July 2

Unified Command Community Update

July 1

Click here for the July 1 monitoring log.

June 30

Click here for the June 30 monitoring log.

June 29

Click here for the June 29 monitoring log.

June 28

Click here for the June 28 monitoring log.

June 27

Red Butte Canyon Spill Unified Command Community Update

June 27, 2010



Unified Command Cleanup Operation Continues
Crews Will Remove Residual Oil from Creek Banks


Cleanup Process Update

  • On Monday, June 28 Chevron employees and work crews will continue to carefully spray wash along Red Butte Creek and adjacent shorelines to remove residual oil. The water used in this spray wash is coming directly from Red Butte Creek. Any freed oil will be promptly collected.

  • The work will be performed during day light hours on a stretch of Red Butte Creek between the Veterans Hospital and Liberty Park.

  • Residents near Red Butte Creek will notice an increase in noise along the creek. We apologize for the increase in noise levels from use of low-pressure water pumps. We thank you for your patience.

  • We also thank the residents who have granted access to Red Butte Creek behind their homes. This access has helped cleanup operations.

Red Butte Canyon Spill Unified Command is made up of the following organizations: Chevron, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Salt Lake County, Salt Lake Valley Health Department and Salt Lake City.

 

 

June 25

Unified Command Works to Minimize Disruptions at Liberty Park

Click here for the June 25 monitoring log.

Click here for the June 24 monitoring log.

Click here for the June 23 monitoring log.

Click here for 24-hour sampling results.

June 22


Mayor Becker Appoints Community Ombudsman for Red Butte Oil Spill Cleanup

Click here for the June 22 monitoring log.

Click here for the June 21 monitoring log.

Click here for the June 20 monitoring log.

Click here for the June 19 monitoring log.

June 21

Unified Command Outlines Recovery Plan; Pipeline Starts Up

Unified Command Approves Test of Pipeline

Oil Recovery Efforts Continue; Pipeline Test Successful

June 18

Air Monitoring Log, June 17

Air Monitoring Log, June 18

Chevron Planning Red Butte Creek Water Flush - Federally Approved Flush Plan Begins Saturday Morning

Click here for the Chevron Red Butte Canyon Oil Spill website.

Click here for the June 18 monitoring log.

Click here for the updated FAQ. (Click here for the FAQ in Spanish.)

Click here for the updated Public Health Concerns. (Click here for the PDF in Spanish.)

June 16

Salt Lake City Retains Independent Firm for Oversight of Oil Spill Cleanup

Click here for Chevron's Incident Status Summary.

Click here for a white paper on health risks related to the spill. (For a version in Spanish, click here.)

Click here to view the Jordan River monitoring locations map. Click here  to view the Red Butte Creek monitoring map.

Click here for a letter from Mayor Becker to Salt Lake City residents.

Click here for CERT talking points.

 

June 15

Air Monitoring Log, June 14 & 15

MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 15, 2010
Contact: Lisa Harrison Smith
c. 801-913-9748

Salt Lake City Calls for Public Closure of Jordan River to Continue Oil Collection Efforts
River Closed to Public Use from 1700 South to 500 North

SALT LAKE CITY – At the request of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County today issued the closure of Jordan River while ongoing oil collection and assessments continue. Effective immediately, the Jordan River will be closed for public use from 1700 South to 500 North until further notice. Closure of the river will provide protection to residents from any contaminates in the water and support cleanup activities at the site.

“We are appreciative of the County’s collaboration in closing the Jordan River for public use as Chevron’s oil collection work continues,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker. “We take seriously our commitment to residents of Salt Lake City to see that our City’s unique riparian corridor is restored to its original state.”

Chevron officials today confirmed 500 barrels of crude oil – equaling 21,000 gallons– has been received into the refinery from the company’s vacuum trucks during this clean-up phase of the oil spill in Salt Lake City waterways. The company continues to update the City regularly on its cleanup efforts. Cost estimates due to damages of public and private property remain undetermined.

The US Department of Transportation continues with its investigation of causes of the quarter-size damage to the Chevron pipeline and the Environmental Protection Agency remains actively engaged in overseeing the cleanup activities.

Further information can be found at www.slcclassic.com and questions can be emailed to oil@slcgov.com or residents can call 801-535-7171.


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June 14, 10:30 a.m.

MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 14, 2010
Contact: Lisa Harrison Smith
c. 801-913-9748

Chevron Red Butte Oil Spill Press Conference at 11 am at Liberty Park

SALT LAKE CITY – A press conference will be held at the southeast corner of Sugar House Park on Monday, June 14 at 11 a.m. Chevron representatives will be available to address questions and concerns, and share the most recent information on the spill. Government representatives will be available as well.

WHO: Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker
Chevron Refinery Manager Mark Sullivan
Council Chair JT Martin
Council Vice Chair Jill Remington Love
Salt Lake City Fire Chief Kurt Cook

WHAT: Press Conference

WHEN: Monday, June 14, 2010
11 a.m.

WHERE: Southeast entrance to Liberty Park
1300 South 600 East


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June 13, 7:35 p.m. - Note the Town Meeting to be held Monday, June 14, at Clayton Middle School, 7 p.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 13, 2010
Contact: Lisa Harrison Smith
c. 801-913-9748

Update: Chevron Excavating Leak Site to Investigate Cause of Red Butte Canyon Oil Spill
EPA Providing Oversight of Clean-Up Efforts

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City response teams are continuing to work with Chevron crews on the Red Butte Canyon oil spill. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is onsite to observe progress and interface with the local community, and has brought in a water recovery expert from the National Coast Guard. Additional Chevron Pipeline emergency response teams continue to arrive in Salt Lake City to continue to contain the oil, minimize the impact of the incident on the community and the environment, and finalize a cleanup plan.

By nightfall yesterday, the leak was effectively stopped at Red Butte Canyon. However, wildlife assistance and treatment, shoreline residue and riverbed damage continue to be the focus of clean-up efforts. Absorbent booms at the outlets of two culverts and other locations along the Jordan River are being deployed by Chevron response teams to contain the leak and minimize migration of the oil into the Great Salt Lake.

The Salt Lake Valley Health Department and the State of Utah are conducting ongoing sampling on the Jordan River to investigate water quality and the extent of the oil downstream toward the Great Salt Lake. There is no impact on municipal drinking water as the affected waterways are not part of Salt Lake City’s water supply. Although the City does not expect any contamination issues with its water sources, it will be regularly monitoring ground and well water.

Residents should not attempt their own cleaning efforts as crude oil is hazardous in nature. Chevron continues to take complaints and receive claims at a 24-hour claims hotline (866-752-6340).

“Speaking with neighbors affected by this spill, and seeing the environmental and wildlife impacts, I am saddened about the extent of the damages and will do all I can to ensure our City’s natural assets are restored,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker. “After speaking with Chevron Pipeline President Becky Roberts last night, and working with the teams Chevron has deployed here in Salt Lake City, I am confident in our ability to effectively work with Chevron to see that Salt Lake City recovers from this disaster.”

“We regret this problem that has caused the challenges now facing the community. Chevron takes full responsibility for addressing the situation,” said Sean Comey, Chevron Corporation’s Policy, Government and Public Affairs media advisor. “We wish to thank everyone who assisted us in stopping the spill, containing its impact, and saving wildlife.”

A leak in Chevron’s pipeline, which brings crude oil in from western Colorado and eastern Utah into Salt Lake City, was discovered early Saturday morning. The full damage of the spill, which runs through the environmentally sensitive riparian corridor from Red Butte Canyon to the Jordan River, has yet to be determined. The total amount of crude oil leaked into Salt Lake City’s waterways is currently being assessed, as is an estimate of the financial scope of the damages.

Hogle Zoo effectively treated and cleaned nearly 200 waterfowl and is holding them for observation. Additional birds have been taken by City teams to be cleaned at an offsite location.

Community outreach efforts continue as City representatives, volunteers and Chevron teams go door-to-door in affected neighborhoods providing information and answering questions related to the spill.

A Town Hall meeting will be held at Clayton Middle School, 1470 South 1900 East, on Monday, June 14 at 7 pm. City and Chevron representatives will be available to address questions and concerns, and share the most recent information on the spill.

WHO: Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker
Chevron Public Affairs Manager Dan Johnson
Council Chair JT Martin
Council Vice Chair Jill Remington Love
Other officials who will address health, environmental and wildlife concerns

WHAT: Town Hall Meeting

WHEN: Monday, June 14
7 pm

WHERE: Clayton Middle School
1470 South 1900 East

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June 12, 10:00 p.m.

Updated FAQ

June 12, 9:57 p.m.

MEDIA ADVISORY - EMERGENCY ALERT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 12, 2010
Contact: Lisa Harrison Smith
c. 801-913-9748

Update: Salt Lake City Oil Spill and Media Availability of Mayor Becker
Public Input Options in Place to Log Resident Concerns

SALT LAKE CITY – The public may register questions, comments or concerns regarding the June 12, 2010, Chevron oil spill with the City in three ways:

• Call the Salt Lake City Joint Information Center at (801) 535-7171. The JIC will be operational for the next 24 hours.
• Email oil@slcgov.com
• Online form at www.slcclassic.com

Every attempt will be made to answer questions or refer inquiries to the appropriate party in a timely fashion.

Chevron has activated its 24-hour claims number, (866) 752-6340, to file claims and answer questions.

Sunday, June 13, CERT representatives will be visiting affected neighborhoods to distribute information about the spill.

Mayor Ralph Becker and Chevron Public Information Officer Dan Johnson will be available at 9:00 pm at the southeast corner of Liberty Park.


WHO: Mayor Ralph Becker
Chevron Public Information Officer Dan Johnson


WHAT: Update on Oil Leak

WHEN: Saturday, June 12, 2010
9:00 pm

WHERE: Southeast entrance to Liberty Park
1300 South 600 East

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Update: June 12, 8:23 p.m.

Watch Mayor Becker's press conference here (Windows Media) or here (iPod).

Update: June 12, 8:00 p.m.

If you have questions, concerns, or comments, we have set up a telephone hot line at 801.535.7171. Or you can email us at oil@slcgov.com.

Update: June 12, 6:25 p.m.

Comment Form

June 12, 4:00 p.m.

Click here to read "Frequently Asked Questions" from Chevron about the oil spill.

Click here for the map of the affected area.

Saturday, June 12, 2:45 p.m.

MEDIA ADVISORY - EMERGENCY ALERT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 12, 2010

Contact: Lisa Harrison Smith

Update on Salt Lake City Oil Spill and Location of Press Conference

Chevron Confirms Pipeline is Shut-off and Capturing Residual Leaking

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City Emergency Operations Center confirms through Chevron and Salt Lake City Fire crews that Chevron’s pipeline in Red Butte Canyon has been shut off, yet residual oil may be leaking at the fracture point.

At 11:10 am, a Wide Area Notification Alert via a recorded phone message was sent to residents and businesses within a two block radius of Red Butte Creek down to Liberty Park and a one-block area surrounding Liberty Park. Both the creek and park are currently closed to pedestrians and motorists. The alert advised individuals not to enter the water and to avoid calling 911 unless they are experiencing symptoms.  Health-related symptoms due to petroleum exposure may include difficulty breathing, nausea, dizziness, and severe headaches.

Residents are advised to stay away from Red Butte Creek and Liberty Park so crews can adequately manage the spill. All water access points along Red Butte Creek, Liberty Park and the Jordan River should be avoided.

According to Chevron Public Information Officer Dan Johnson, the pipeline has been shut off farther up the line above Red Butte Canyon, and the cause of the leak has yet to be identified.

The oil in the streams is being contained and Chevron teams, with the assistance of trained City crews, are being deployed to remove crude from Liberty Lake at Liberty Park. Groupings of 6-8 inch absorbent booms have also been deployed along the Jordan River to minimize downstream impact. Oil has been detected as far north as 500 south.

Currently, there is not a need for resident volunteers. However, residents are asked to remind each other to stay out of the water and check on elderly or shut-in neighbors.

Hogle Zoo’s animal hospital has taken approximately 100 waterfowl from Liberty Park to be treated but is not accepting household pets at this time. While common dish soap may be used to clean animals, the Zoo advises pet owners to call their veterinarian for specific treatment and protocols if animal contamination has occurred. 

At the time of the spill, the pipeline was carrying crude oil from western Colorado and eastern Utah into the Salt Lake Valley (see attached map). This pipeline runs down Emigration Canyon and heads west over Beck Street to the Chevron refinery at 2357 North 1100 West in Salt Lake City. The 10-inch pipe typically runs approximately 15,000 barrels a day. While initial estimates of the leak were 50 gallons a minute, Chevron reports they are capturing remaining oil at Red Butte.

Regular updates will continue to be provided and a press conference will be held at 3:45 on the Southeast corner of Liberty Park to share additional details.

Mayor Ralph Becker

Salt Lake City Fire Department Deputy Chief Carl Lieb

Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank

Salt Lake City Emergency Management Program Director Cory Lyman

Operations Manager for Chevron Pipeline Salt Lake City, Bill Cottre

Oil Spill Press Conference

Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 3:45 pm

WHERE: Southeast entrance to Liberty Park
1300 South 600 East

MEDIA ADVISORY - EMERGENCY ALERT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 12, 2010
Contact: Lisa Harrison Smith
c. 801-913-9748

City Working to Contain Oil Spill in Red Butte Canyon
Site of Oil Leak Capped

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City officials and Chevron crews have been working since early morning Saturday, June 12 to stop a severe oil leak discovered East of Red Butte Canyon. The number of barrels of oil released is estimated at 400-500. The site of the leak has been capped. Drinking water for residents has not been affected. Oil

Residents are advised to stay away from Red Butte Canyon and Liberty Park so crews can adequately manage the spill. All water access points along Red Butte Creek, Liberty Park and the Jordan River should be avoided by humans and animals at this time.

“We are working tirelessly with Chevron teams to contain this spill form the critical ecological areas affected in our City,” said Mayor Ralph Becker who is heading to Salt Lake City from Oklahoma City where he was attending the National Conference of Mayors. “Our fire teams have capped the site and will work to determine the damage and best course of action. We ask all residents of Salt Lake City to help by staying away from these areas.”

Chevron has a pipeline bringing crude oil in from western Colorado and eastern Utah into the Salt Lake Valley. This pipeline runs down Emigration Canyon and heads west over Beck Street to the company refinery.

Regular updates will be provided and a press conference will be held at 3:45 at the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building on 315 East 200 South with additional details.

WHO: Mayor Ralph Becker
Salt Lake City Fire Department Deputy Chief Carl Lieb
Salt Lake City Emergency Management Program Director Cory Lyman
WHAT: Oil Spill Press Conference

WHEN: Saturday, June 12, 2010
3:45 pm

WHERE: Salt Lake City Public Safety Building

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