SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Chevron pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of diesel fuel near a northern Utah bird refuge is back in operation.

Chevron spokesman Gareth Johnstone told The Salt Lake Tribune ( ) that the company resumed shipping fuel through the pipeline last weekend.

He says the pipeline returned to service after the company complied with requirements imposed by the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

A split in the pipeline that runs from Salt Lake City to Spokane, Wash., is being blamed for the March 18 spill of 27,500 gallons of fuel into soil and marshes near Willard Bay State Park and the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

As of March 29, crews had removed some 15,000 gallons of the diesel.

Only minimal harm to wildlife has been reported.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune,