By San Francisco Business Times

Officials in Utah increased pressure on Chevron Corp. as it continues to clean up Red Butte Creek in Salt Lake City where it spilled oil in early June.

Utah water authorities have cited Chevron and threatened fines if it doesnâ¿¿t comply with strict cleanup requirements and report back within 30 days. The fines could be $10,000 per day or even $25,000 a day if Chevron is found to be willful or grossly negligent.

Chevron plans another ⿿flush⿝ to further clean the creek this week.

San Ramon-based Chevron (NYSE: CVX) stopped cleanup work over the July 4 holiday weekend. About 800 barrels, or 33,000 gallons, of oil leaked into the creek after an electrical arc burned a half-inch hole in the pipeline.

To flush out the creek and dislodge oil, Chevron will release water into it from a nearby reservoir. Vacuum trucks were used to suck up most of the oil in June, but residual oil was stuck on the creekâ¿¿s banks and in culverts. Flushing the creek with more water dislodges that oil and it can be captured with booms and vacuumed up.

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