Oil Flowing Again in Chevron Pipeline

Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 05:02 AM gHale

With a vigilant eye, workers turned on Chevron’s accident-prone oil pipeline in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Crews first used nitrogen to purge the pipeline and keep it stable and pressurized, a spokesman said. They then released oil from eastern Utah’s Hanna pump station to run down through the pipeline, which ends at Chevron’s Salt Lake City refinery.

Cameras, upgraded surveillance protocol, and roving human patrols all are in place to monitor the line that leaked 54,600 gallons (1,300 barrels) of crude last year in two spills that occurred 6 months apart near Red Butte Garden along Salt Lake City’s east bench.

The pipeline capacity is 45,000 barrels a day, though the line averages 21,000 to 24,000.

The spokesman noted it would take a few days to get the oil flowing back to its regular strength.

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