Sunday, June 13, 2010

ALERT: Chevron (NYSE:CVX) Oil Spill

A severe oil spill was discover early Saturday morning East of Red Butte Canyon, Chevron (NYSE:CVX) and Salt Lake City officials has been working non-stop to get this oil spill under control.

The site of the leak is estimated to be losing about 5 gallons a minute, for a total so far of 400 to 500 barrels. As of yet, the leak has not been capped off. The Salt Lake Valley Health Department says the oil has leaked into the Jordon river in two different areas and has now made its way into the Great Salt Lake. Officials say drinking water has not been effected and is not expected to effect the surrounding areas.

Residents are being asked to stay away from Liberty Park as well as Red Butte Canyon. This is so crews working can do so without interruption. Also, the water with crude oil mixed in is considered toxic and is not safe for humans or animals. There are several water access points.

The Mayor, Ralph Becker said, "we are working tirelessly with Chevron teams to contain the spill from the critical ecological areas effected in our city. Our fire teams have capped the site and will work to determine the damage and best course of action. We ask all residents of Salt Lake City to help by staying away from these areas."

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