Cleanup of 2 Chevron oil spills hits $75 million

SALT LAKE CITY — Health officials say Chevron Corp. has spent $75 million in cleanup costs after a pair of pipeline leaks sent thousands of gallons of oil flowing through a city creek and into a popular urban lake.

An environmental health scientist at Salt Lake Valley Department of Health says the costs will mount as remediation continues and water and soil sampling starts Aug. 23 at dozens of spots along Red Butte Creek.

The Deseret News reports Chevron was fined $423,000 for the June 2010 pipeline failure that sent 33,000 gallons of oil downstream from the leak and killed all the fish at Salt Lake City’s Liberty Lake.

About 500 barrels spilled nearby in December.

Environmental scientist Rolf Larsen says officials are taking a no-stone unturned approach with the tests.

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