Chevron Completing Cleanup of Utah Oil Spill

Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Chevron Corp. is completing the cleanup of a crude oil pipeline leak in Salt Lake City, according to a company spokesman.

The San Ramon, California-based company doesn’t anticipate any impact from the shutdown of the line on its 49,000-barrel-a-day Salt Lake City refinery, Mickey Driver said in an e-mail.

“Today we will be inspecting the leak site with all the appropriate officials and government agencies,” Driver said.

Chevron workers reported the spill at 11:23 p.m. local time Dec. 1, Captain Michael Harp of the Salt Lake City Fire Department said yesterday. Firefighters were able to contain the fuel before it reached Red Butte Creek, he said.

It was the second leak in six months on the 10-inch line, according to Lisa Harrison Smith, a spokeswoman for the mayor’s office. The pipe was shut from June 12 to June 21 and the mayor’s office reported an estimated 800 barrels of crude leaked.

The company doesn’t have a restart date for the pipeline, Justin Higgs, another Chevron spokesman, said yesterday.

Tesoro Corp.’s 58,000-barrel-a-day refinery in Salt Lake City receives a small volume of crude from the common carrier Chevron pipeline.

Tesoro doesn’t expect any difficulty supplying customers and meeting contractual obligations while the line is out of service, Mike Marcy, a Tesoro spokesman, said yesterday. Tesoro could not immediately be reached for comment today.

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