What Ever Happend With the Utah Oil Spill?
The oil spill in Salt Lake City occurred on June 12, 2010 and if you ever drive, run, bike, roller-blade, or just walk past Liberty Park, you might ask yourself, "What ever happened with that oil spill and why is it taking so long to clean?" The fact is that on June 11 around 10 p.m. an underground oil pipe near Red Butte Garden broke no one was notified until 7 a.m. the next day. Over 33,000 gallons of oil spilled into Red Butte Creek which feeds into Liberty Park pond and the Jordan River. The pipe belonged to Chevron who was cited for the infraction of contaminating water in Salt Lake.
The pipe is successfully capped and they are still working on cleaning the mess produced by this spill.
Crews were using absorbent booms and creating dams to contain the spill, but officials said some oil had flowed as far as four miles to the Jordan River, and into a pond in the city's Liberty Park, near where residents reported dead fish in their ponds. A crew was trying to collect and take birds to Hogle Zoo cleaning stations and other facilities, said Brad Park, zoo spokesman.
It is a slow process and our beloved park and pond may be closed for many more weeks and months before we see it again.