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Chevron fuel spill in Utah much worse than thought

Published On: Mar 24 2013 04:58:54 PM CDT

Authorities say a Chevron fuel spill near a northern Utah bird refuge is much worse than originally thought as up to 27,000 gallons might have leaked.

According to the U.S. Transportation Department's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, a split in a pipeline that carries fuel from Salt Lake City to Spokane, Wash., is suspected of releasing diesel fuel into soil and marshes at Willard Bay State Park.

The agency has filed a corrective action order against Chevron that requires the Texas-based company to gain government approval before it can reopen the pipeline.

Crews have removed over 21,000 gallons of spilled fuel so far, and up to 6,500 gallons might remain.

The spill occurred Monday near the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

Only minimal harm to wildlife has been reported so far.