Pipeline that leaked fuel near Willard Bay fixed

Pipeline that leaked 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel near Willard Bay passes federal test

Associated Press

OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- A pipeline that leaked 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel near northern Utah's Willard Bay State Park has passed a federally mandated pressure test required to make it fully operational again.

The pipeline owned by a subsidiary of Chevron Corp. extends from Salt Lake City to Spokane, Wash.

Chevron Pipe Line Co. spokesman Gareth Johnstone says the company hopes to resume operations at reduced capacity Saturday.

The 8-inch pipeline is required to hold 2,600 pounds per square inch of water for 30 minutes, but it failed after six minutes during Monday's initial test.

Gareth says another test Thursday secured the necessary permission from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to place the line back in service.

The pipeline failed March 18, spilling diesel fuel into the ground and marshes.

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