Fixing Pipeline Causes Second Spill

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 06:12 PM gHale


Chevron Corp. conducted tests after a June pipeline leak and those tests were the apparent cause of a second oil spill in Salt Lake City one week ago, federal officials said.
Chevron failed to purge the pipeline of water used for a pressure test after June’s spill of about 800 barrels of crude oil, said pipeline regulators at the U.S. Department of Transportation said
Some of the water collected inside a shut-off valve that split open Dec. 1 during a hard freeze, leaking an estimated 500 barrels of oil.
In the order, regulators from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration call the troubled pipeline a “serious” threat and ordered Chevron to take a dozen steps before seeking approval to operate it again.



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