DWQ Proclaims Red Butte Clean--KCPW

12 November 2012
Published in Science and Society
Written by  Eric Ray
DWQ Proclaims Red Butte Clean--KCPW BW Jones (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


In June, 2010 33,000 gallons of crude oil seeped out of a ruptured Chevron oil line into Red Butte Creek that runs through Salt Lake City. The spill damaged downstream riparian zones, shut down the popular Liberty Park pond for nearly a year, and caused nearby residents to worry that resulting fumes and chemical deposits would endanger their health.

A draft document released last week by the Utah Division of Water Quality states that testing shows that traces of remaining oil are not a threat to health or the environment. According to the document, formal cleanup activities can come to an end. However, Zach Frankel, executive director of Utah Rivers Council doesn’t agree with the recommendation, and believes that Chevron should take the additional step of removing contaminated soil.

Listen to the full story by Eric Ray, KCPW.


An Open House will also be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Pingree School Gymnasium, 780 South Guardsman Way.  Representatives from DWQ, Salt Lake City, Department of Health and Salt Lake Valley Health Department will attend the meeting.

Written comments on the draft decision document and related compliance order can be emailed to Chris Bittner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 5 p.m. Dec. 10. 

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