The state will take a more active role in inspecting gas pipelines to prevent future leaks, Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday, in the wake of last week's 27,000-gallon diesel spill from a Chevron pipeline at Willard Bay State Park.
"If anything has been disappointing in these past couple of weeks, it has been this Chevron oil spill. This is just not acceptable," Herbert said during his monthly KUED news conference. "We need to take a more proactive stance as a state."
Herbert said the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration is failing to ensure the integrity of the pipelines across Utah. His administration will work with the Utah departments of commerce and environmental quality to see if the state can take a more active oversight role, he said.