UT, Chevron agree on $5.35M fuel spill settlement

A Tuesday, March 26, 2013 photo provided by the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah shows a baby beaver receiving its first bath just after it's arrival at the Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. Gov. Gary Herbert is calling Chevron's latest pipeline spill unacceptable. Herbert appeared angry Thursday, March 28, 2013, telling reporters he will make certain Chevron cleans up the mess. The leak is Chevron's third in Utah in the last three years. State officials are crediting a beaver dam for containing the fuel spill at Willard Bay State Park, but it left a family of beavers with petroleum burns. (AP Photo/Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Utah officials say they’ve come to a tentative $5.35 million settlement with Chevron after a pipeline leaked about 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel in northern Utah earlier this year.

Chevron officials did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment Tuesday.

The Utah Division of Water Quality and the Division of Utah State Parks and Recreation announced Tuesday that members of the public can review and comment on the draft proposal until mid-January.

The agreement includes $4.4 million for mitigation projects beyond efforts to clean up the marsh area near Willard Bay in Box Elder County.

It also includes a $350,000 civil penalty and $550,000 for damages.

Division of Water Quality Director Walt Baker says Chevron will also be responsible for cleaning up any additional contamination discovered in the future.

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