Utah gives final OK to Chevron fuel spill deal

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 has given final approval to a $5.35 million settlement with Chevron after a pipeline leaked about 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel in northern Utah last year.

John Whitehead, the deputy director of Utah’s Division of Water Quality Director says the division’s director Walt Baker signed the agreement on Jan. 28.

Whitehead says Utah’s Water Quality Board approved the deal earlier in January.

Chevron says in a statement that it’s committed to meeting its obligations under the settlement and will continue to work with Utah officials.

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.

Chevron will also be responsible for cleaning up any additional contamination discovered in the future.

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